Whether in a motor vehicle collision, due to a fall or as a result of some other such accident, suffering spinal cord injuries may be devastating for people in California and elsewhere. Depending on the type and severity of their injuries, those who suffer this type of trauma often experience life-changing effects and may require lifelong treatment and care.
The effects of their injuries often cause changes in the way people’s bodies function. According to the Mayo Clinic, bladder control issues resulting from spinal cord injuries may make people more susceptible to urinary tract or kidney infections and bladder and kidney stones. A loss of all or part of their skin sensations may also put those who have suffered spinal trauma at an increased risk of developing pressure sores or being injured due to exposure to things such as heat or cold. Circulatory control and respiratory system issues are also common following spinal cord injuries, which may make people more apt to develop blood clots, blood pressure conditions, or pneumonia or other lung problems.
According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, emergency medical treatment is often required immediately following people’s injury-causing accidents to immobilize their spines and identify and address any other life-threatening problems. Patients who suffer such trauma are often admitted to intensive care units where they are treated and monitored for their conditions and any resulting complications. Although it cannot reverse the damage caused by their accidents, sometimes surgery is necessary to help stabilize people’s spines and prevent potential pain or other such issues. Once they are stabilized, treatment for those who suffer spinal cord injuries focuses on rehabilitation such as physical and occupational therapy, and supportive care, including counseling services.