You were just admitted into Inova with serious back pain and mild paralysis. Before rushing out the door, your doctor informed you that you may have experienced a spinal cord injury and he’s going to order some tests to be sure. After going through an MRI and having numerous ultrasounds and x-rays done, your doctor finally confirms the SCI and tells you that without treatment you unfortunately may or may not ever walk again.
What do you do now? What are your best options for treatment and which one should you choose?
Possible Treatment Options
Depending on the severity, location, and extent of your injuries, treatment options can vary from ice packs and Tylenol to surgery and traction. Choosing the best treatment for your specific injury shouldn’t be taken lightly; speak with your doctor before making any decisions and discuss what options he thinks would be best for you and your injury.
- Surgery can sometimes repair damage depending on the severity of the injury; speak with your doctor about viability and risks.
- Medication can help ease the pain of an injury, but will most likely not help repair any severe damage
- Traction may reduce dislocation and may be used to realign or immobilize the spine to encourage healing.
- Acupuncture or chiropractic manipulation can be used for less serious injuries to help promote circulation and realignment.
- Physical therapy is sometimes needed to help rebuild and reestablish muscle control through repetitive motion exercises, hydrotherapy, and electrical stimulation.
- Psychological therapy can be helpful when your injury affects your mood, sleep or psychological state,
- Experimental treatments: Advanced treatments are continuously being researched and tested everyday with the hopes that a faster, better and less painful “cure” will be developed. Ask your doctor about potential studies that may be available for a treatment option.
In addition to getting your physician’s medical opinion, you should also be aware of the varying costs of treatment. Treatment can affect you financially, physically, and emotionally. Contact an experienced SCI lawyer to discuss your eligibility for injury damages and medical cost compensation.
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