A spinal cord injury is a serious condition that can have repercussions across many different areas of your life. Because the spine is so important to almost all of the body’s functions, there are many potential complications that are associated with an injury. If you have suffered a back injury these can be either short term or long term problems, but regardless, it’s important to address them during recovery and rehabilitation.
A spinal injury can leave a patient with limited or no mobility long after an accident has occurred, and this lack of movement is associated with an increased risk of blood clots. Spinal cord injury patients with mobility problems are typically prescribed medications that will help prevent these blood clots.
A severe spinal cord injury can leave a patient with lots of negative emotions about the experience, including anger, sadness, fear, or stress. These can begin as temporary feelings, but they run the risk of developing into further emotional complications such as depression. It’s important that patients have a strong network of support from friends and family during their recovery period that can provide them with the emotional strength they need.
Asthma and Pneumonia
Typically during a spinal cord injury the muscles that a patient uses to breathe are injured as well. These muscle injuries can lead to complications such as asthma or pneumonia. Many times spinal cord injury patients will require the use of special assistance to help them with their breathing.
Urinary and Bowel Problems
Sometimes when a patient suffers a spinal cord injury, the nerves that help regulate urination and defecation are injured which can lead to a loss of control of the bowels and bladder. Medication and catheters are often used to help solve these problems, but drinking plenty of water and getting enough dietary fiber can help too.
Since a spinal cord injury can dramatically reduce a patient’s mobility, they often adopt a sedentary lifestyle, which can lead to weight gain and even obesity. Obesity in spinal cord patients brings along with it a whole host of other possible complications—including heart disease and diabetes.
If you or a loved one has suffered from lower back pain or a spinal cord injury, please contact the Hunter Law Group at 844-Hunter Law to schedule a free consultation.