Spinal cord injuries can come from a host of causes. No matter caused the injury, you will likely face some challenges while you learn to live your new way of life. While not all of these injuries are associated with paralysis, there is a chance that you will find some limitations or quirks that weren’t there before the accident.
Taking the time to learn some basics about the spinal cord and how injuries impact it can be very helpful in these cases. Make sure that you speak to your medical care team at length. Here are a few points to know about these injuries that you might find useful:
One thing to do when you have a spinal cord injury is to learn as much as you can. The type of injury you have and the location matters. Typically, you can expect more recovery from an incomplete injury than you can from a complete injury. Injuries higher on the spinal cord are more likely to cause greater impacts since the effects always happen below the level of the injury.
The type and level of injury can also impact the overall cost of treatment. Complete injuries and higher level ones are going to be more costly than incomplete and lower level. This is partially due to the increase in impacts. For example, a person with an injury at C3 or higher will likely need a ventilator to breathe. This is a costly necessity that a person with a thoracic or lumbar injury wouldn’t have.
Your unique story
The one thing to remember as you go through this journey is that no two people handle this type of catastrophic injury exactly the same. Focus on what works for you and be willing to think outside of the box. You might be pleasantly surprised by some solutions that you never thought would work.
You do have hard work in front of you. These spinal cord injuries are usually associated with hospital stays, doctors’ visits and therapy appointments. Try to remain positive throughout the journey because this can make everything seem a bit less stressful. Of course, there will be difficult times that might get to you but try to remember to look at the positives.