A person who suffers from a spinal cord injury can have many different effects. The first days following the accident can include a deluge of information that’s often frightening.
Understanding how the injury might impact you and what happens in those early days might make the situation a little easier for you to cope with.
Spinal shock is possible
The effects of the spinal cord injury may seem worse than they really are in the initial days after the injury. This is because of the swelling that occurs at the site of the injury, as well as the body’s natural reaction to the damage to the spinal cord. While there’s no guarantee that it will happen in every case, many patients will experience some measure of improved function as the area heals.
Type and location of the injury
The type and location of the injury to the spinal cord are major factors in what types of effects you can experience. The area of the body that is affected is always below the level of the injury. This means that you’ll have less of the body affected by a lower back injury than by a neck injury.
There are two primary classifications of spinal cord injuries – complete and incomplete. A person with a complete injury doesn’t have any feeling or ability to move below the injury, but someone who has an incomplete injury has limited sensation and/or function.
The cost of a spinal cord injury is considerable, so individuals who suffered one because of another person’s negligence may opt to purse a claim for compensation. This can help to cover the medical care and even missed wages for the victim.