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Recovery Tips for Spinal Cord Injury

Recovery Tips for Spinal Cord Injury

Advances in stem cell research and nerve cell regeneration give hope for greater recovery after spinal cord injury, and new treatments are being developed every day. According to the Mayo Clinic, a quicker recovery after a spinal cord injury can be helped by:

  • Finding sources for coping and support: Paralysis is a life-changing event and you willhave concerns about how the injury may affect your lifestyle, finances, and relationships. Recovery takes time, but many people who are paralyzed lead productive and fulfilling lives. Talking with others who understand what you are going through can be encouraging and motivational.
  • Grieving: If your injury is recent, you and your family may experience a period of mourning. The grieving process is a natural and healthy part of your recovery. But it is also necessary to set new goals and to find ways to move forward.
  • Taking control: One of the best ways to regain control of your life is to educate yourself about your injury and your options. Vehicle modifications, ramps, wider doors, special sinks, grab bars and easy-to-turn doorknobs make it possible for you to live more independently (regain some of your independence). You might also be eligible for economic assistance or support services from the state or federal government or from charitable organizations.
  • Talking about your disability: Some friends and family members may be unsure how to help; being educated about your spinal cord injury may help. Explain the effects of your injury and what others can do to help. Talking about your injury can strengthen your relationships with others. But do not hesitate to tell friends and loved ones when they are helping too much; set boundaries.
  • Dealing with intimacy, sexuality, and sexual activity: Your spinal cord injury might affect your body’s sexual responsiveness. A fulfilling emotional and physical relationship is possible but requires communication, experimentation and patience; a professional counselor can help you and your partner communicate your needs and feelings.

 Spinal cord injuries are among the most devastating injuries someone can experience, and it is important the full breadth of the injury is understood by your legal team. If you have a client with a spinal cord injury, our experienced personal injury lawyers can co-counsel on these complicated cases; call us.

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