If you've been involved in a serious accident, you may have suffered some spinal cord injuries. Fortunately, some spinal cord injuries are mild and may be corrected through a combination of surgery and physical therapy. However, if the accident was serious enough, the injury to the spinal cord may have resulted in full or partial paralysis. Paralysis can last a lifetime.
In general, there are two types of spinal cord injuries, complete and incomplete. A complete spinal cord injury is one that results in the complete loss of function below the point of injury. An incomplete injury refers to a spinal cord injury in which some feeling or movement still occurs below the point of injury.
Between the complete and incomplete injuries, there are many types of injuries, including complete paraplegia, complete tetraplegia, spinal contusions, anterior cord syndrome, Brown-Sequard syndrome, central cord syndrome, posterior cord syndrome, injuries to individual nerve cells, sacral spinal cord injury (S1-S5), cervical spinal cord injury (C1-C8), lumbar spinal cord injury (L1-L5), and thoracic spinal cord injury (T1-T12).
Besides surgery and physical therapy, there are new treatments for spinal cord injuries, which can include respiratory help (such as a ventilator), stimulating nerves electrically, and drugs such as methylprednisolone. Fortunately, medical science is advancing a lot in the area of spinal cord injuries, and there are continually new treatments on the horizon that offer hope to victims of spinal cord injuries.
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury in an accident, you most likely are facing very large medical bills, as well as other out of pocket expenses. Call the Houston spinal cord injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 800-391-9935, or visit us on LinkedIn. We will help you with your case.