Spinal Cord Injury
We have in-depth skill litigating and rehabilitating spinal cord injured patients. Traumatic spinal cord injuries are most commonly secondary to motor vehicle accidents and gunshot wounds, followed by falls, bicycle accidents, and pedestrian versus auto accidents. Fractures, dislocations, bleeding and swelling can precipitate trauma to the cord causing a loss of oxygen and glucose supply as a result of traumatized blood vessels that supply that level of the cord, inducing inflammation and irreversible damage to the central neurons.
If contacted early after the incident, we can assist with the crucial acute management of traumatic spinal cord injured client. Working with the medical staff we assemble a team of highly skilled rehabilitation experts to address the serious issues of spinal stabilization, pulmonary rehabilitation, gastrointestinal and urinary function, hemodynamics and thermodynamics. We continue our assistance with a rehabilitation facility, interdisciplinary intervention begins as soon as the patient is medically stable enough to tolerate therapy.
This may be as soon as the day following injury. In fact, the sooner therapies begin, the better chance there is of preventing SCI complications such as the formation of joint contractures. We fully understand that rehabilitation is a lifelong process for the person with a spinal cord injury. Formal training may continue from the inpatient setting to outpatient and home as appropriate. It takes months of learning and practice for a patient to physically manage paralysis; yet it often takes much longer to emotionally accept his or her life as a disabled person.
In the meantime, because of medical advances in early and appropriate intervention in acute SCI, patients are living longer and experiencing more related complications as a result. Rehabilitation of the spinal cord injured patient is complex and we help provide a continuum of treatment guided by specialty-trained professionals who assist the patient in learning to deal with his or her new disability. Intervention should begin as early as the day of injury and continue throughout the patient’s lifetime.
Despite being permanently disabled, patients have the potential to be as independent as they can, provided they are given appropriate tools and training. Comprehensive spinal cord injury rehabilitation can create accomplishment and independence from disability, offering hope for a fulfilling life in the future.