When spinal cord injuries happen, they usually happen quickly as a result of a traumatic event. For that reason, the treatment must be precise and delivered as soon as possible. Any delay or mistake can mean a more difficult recovery or even an unnecessary paralysis. As Manchester, NH Social Security disability attorneys, we have learned the costly results of delays and mistakes.
For these reasons, the following treatments are commonly used for any suspected spinal cord injury:
- First, the patient must be checked for respiration and heartbeat, which can be affected by an upper neck injury.
- Next, the patient must be immobilized, usually at the site of the trauma or accident. Improper movement at this stage could cause further damage.
- Once a spinal cord injury has been confirmed, a high dosage of steroids is often given to reduce inflammation and swelling, which could aggravate the injury.
- Once the patient is stabilized, he or she might be put in traction or fitted with a halo device to prevent damaging movement.
- Sometimes surgery is needed to relieve pressure on the spinal cord and to stabilize the spine. Surgeries might include removing the parts of vertebrae that have broken, relieving compression caused by a tumor, infection or severe arthritis, or the placement of metal screws, rods and/or plates to stabilize the spine.
- When any or all of these treatments have been administered, most patients will begin intensive physical therapy to help them regain as much function as possible.
If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, Keefe Disability Law can help you apply for Social Security disability benefits successfully. Give us a call today toll free at 888-904-6847 to see what we can do for you. Or simply fill out the confidential form on this page for a free case evaluation.