Spinal cord injury is one of the most traumatic events to occur in an individual’s life.
Spinal cord injury affects family, friends, employers, community and the health care system.
People can, and do, make a positive adjustment to life with a spinal cord injury given the right supports at the right time.
On average, it can takes 2 to 3 years or more to attain sufficient independence following a spinal cord injury.
The purpose of this website is to provide you with information based on my personal experiences. Any information you receive from me is based solely on my personal experiences, I am neither a doctor, nor a therapist. After your injury you may have many questions but never feel like you get right answers.
Am I still going to be accepted.
Spinal cord injuries usually begin with a blow that fractures or dislocates your vertebrae, the bone disks that make up your spine. Most injuries don’t sever your spinal cord. Instead, they cause damage when pieces of vertebrae tear into cord tissue or press down on the nerve parts that carry signals…
Quadriplegic is caused by damage to the brain or the cervical spinal cord segments at levels C1-C8. Damage to the spinal cord is usually secondary to an injury to the spinal vertebrae in the cervical section of the spinal column. The injury to the structure of the spinal cord is known as a lesion and…
Symptoms of spinal cord injury include: loss of movement; loss of sensation (sense of touch, heat or cold); loss of bowel or bladder control; exaggerated reflexes or spasms; changes in sexual function or sensitivity; pain or stinging due to nerve damage; and difficulty breathing, coughing, or clearing…
An incomplete spinal cord injury means that there is some function or sensation below the primary level of the injury. A person with an incomplete injury may be able to move one limb more than another
Complete spinal cord injuries generally result in total loss of sensation and movement below the site of the injury. Many people with partial spinal cord injuries are able to experience significant recovery, while those with complete injuries are not.
The period of time following a spinal cord injury that results in paralysis can be a very traumatic and confusing time. While counselors will play a part in helping the survivor reach acceptance, it’s important that the survivor and family work together to ensure the future health and quality of life for the survivor.
After the spinal cord has been injured, messages no longer flow through the damaged area, essentially cutting off information between the brain and certain parts of the body. Generally, the functions of the body located above the point of injury will continue to work with no loss of function, while the areas of the body located below the point of injury will be impaired. Impairment can include the following:
A spinal cord injury can happen to anyone at any time, is one of the most traumatic events to occur in an individual’s life. It affects family, friends, employers, community and the health care system. An individual can make a positive adjustment to life with a spinal cord injury given the right supports at the right time. On average, it can takes 2 to 3 years to gain sufficient independence following a spinal cord injury. Intensive psycho-social support is a critical component to rehabilitation from the onset of injury, through acute hospitalization, rehabilitation and transition to community living.
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