Recovering from a spinal cord injury

A spinal cord injury is a serious form of trauma that requires prompt medical care and ongoing treatment. If you get a spinal cord injury, you may have a lot of concerns about your prognosis.

While the quickness and completeness of your recovery depend on the extent of the damage to your spinal cord, there are some things you and your doctor can do to get better. After your initial emergency treatment, which may include medications, surgery or immobilization, here is what ongoing care for your spinal cord injury may look like.

Medications

Your health care provider may prescribe you some drugs to manage the lasting symptoms and effects of spinal cord trauma. It is common to take painkillers and drugs to control muscle spasms. Your doctor may also prescribe drugs to help your bowel control, bladder control and sexual functions. 

Physical therapy

According to Mayo Clinic, recovering from a spinal cord injury usually involves some form of rehabilitation. A physical therapist may help you with the following:

  • Re-developing your motor skills
  • Learning new techniques to accomplish basic tasks
  • Strengthening your muscle function

The goal of rehabilitation is to improve your quality of life as much as possible after sustaining spinal cord trauma. After successful physical therapy, you may be able to return to work and school, and partake in your favorite fitness or social activities again.

Technologies

Your doctor may encourage you to use certain medical devices to improve your mobility and independence. Helpful devices include wheelchairs, computer or phone adaptations or electronic aids. 

These treatment options may help you recover and lead a fulfilling life after your shocking diagnosis. Medical advancements exist to help you as much as possible. Even though a spinal cord injury can have a sudden impact on your entire life, including your emotions and finances, you may be able to bounce back with the help of a doctor.

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