What Kinds of Medical Treatments Are Available for Spinal Cord Injuries?

By Greg Kohn

Spinal cord injuries are common injuries caused by slip and fall accidents, traffic crashes, recreational activities, and other unintentional accidents or injuries. A spinal cord injury can cause debilitating conditions, including partial or complete paralysis. Therefore, it is crucial for victims and their families to seek advice from medical experts. 

Additionally, it is wise to talk with a New Jersey spinal cord injury attorney about recovering compensation from the party who caused the injury. The money cannot undo the damage, but it can provide for medical treatments, nurses, and personal care. 

How Do You Treat a Spinal Cord Injury?

Sadly, there are no medical treatments at this time that can reverse damage to the spinal cord. However, numerous government agencies and private organizations continue to research and work on new treatments for spinal cord injuries. 

The medical treatment for a spinal cord injury focuses on preventing further damage. Also, medical providers help the person learn adaptive measures to live a full and productive life.

Treating a Spinal Cord Injury at the Accident Scene

If you suspect that a person sustained a neck or back injury, moving the person could be dangerous. However, the situation may require someone to move the person to prevent further injury or death.

Emergency personnel immobilize the spine using a carrying board and neck brace. They try to keep the person immobile while transporting them to the hospital. Further movement could result in additional injury to the spinal cord.

Spinal Cord Treatment in the Hospital

Upon arrival, the medical staff assesses whether the patient can breathe and immobilize the neck to prevent additional damage. The treatment depends on the spinal cord injury.

For example, surgery might be required if there are broken vertebrae, fluid buildup, or tissue pressing on the spinal cord. They may also need to insert spinal braces or fuse broken vertebrae.

Traction may be used in some cases to help realign the spine while keeping it stable. In addition, administering the medication Methylprednisolone within eight hours might help reduce nerve cell damage by decreasing inflammation. 

Medical providers also address complications from a spinal cord injury, such as deep vein blood clots in the extremities, pressure ulcers, respiratory infections, muscle contractures, and bladder and bowel issues.

Ongoing Care and Rehabilitation 

Individuals work with a team of therapists who help them maintain and strengthen muscle function through physical therapy. In addition, occupational therapists may work on fine motor skills and learn new ways to perform activities as they adapt to limitations. 

Some individuals receive assistive medical devices that can help them move and care for their daily needs. In addition, they receive training on how to use the equipment. Emotional counsel assists with the mental anguish of losing functions and how to rebuild their lives after a spinal cord injury.

Treatment for Spinal Cord Injuries Are Expensive 

Depending on the severity of the spinal cord injury, a person may require 24/7 nursing or personal care. Therapies and other treatments can be costly. 

If someone caused your spinal cord injury, that person could be liable for these expenses. They may also be liable for your lost wages and other financial losses. You might also receive compensation for your pain and suffering. 

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If someone injured you or a family member, we are here to help. Call our law office to schedule a free consultation with a New Jersey personal injury lawyer. Let’s discuss the best way to get you the money you deserve for an accident injury.

About the Author
Greg Kohn is a partner at Nagel Rice and specializes in complex civil litigation cases, including professional malpractice, personal injury, class actions, wrongful death, products liability, and commercial litigation.  He has extensive experience representing clients in both state and federal court. Greg has tried many jury trials to verdict and has recovered over $50 million in settlements and verdicts in all types of personal injury matters including automobile accidents, wrongful death cases, slip and falls, and other catastrophic injury cases. Greg also handles medical malpractice cases, involving misdiagnoses, wrongful birth, and delayed cancer diagnosis. If you have questions regarding this article, you can contact Greg here.