Spinal injuries and what they mean for you

A spinal injury is perhaps the worst kind of injury which any person can experience. They are very painful and often make it impossible to operate as you would normally. The recovery time from a spinal injury can be extremely long and involve some very painful treatment. Spinal injuries often take over a person’s life and they will find that they have to plan and organise themselves around their injury.

If you suffer a spinal injury then it is likely that you will have to take time off work. You may also find that you need to spend money on additional services such as specialised care, travel, and even equipment to help you recover and recuperate after your injury. This can add a great deal of additional financial worries on top of the physical and emotional distress which you experience as a result of the injury.

Spinal injuries occur in all walks of life; from road traffic accidents, participation in sports, very nasty slips and falls, or even workplace accidents. Spinal injuries can happen to anyone at any time and as such it is almost impossible to be prepared for the devastating consequences which they entail. People often underestimate the level of impact which a spinal injury will have upon their day to day routine. The most simple of tasks can become incredibly difficult and people will often find themselves unable to operate with any real level of independence.

Adding on to the outward physical impact of a spinal injury, it can also have strong psychological consequences on the individual sufferer. Many people find it embarrassing and degrading to have to seek the help of others to go about their daily routine. The long term impact of this can be that people find themselves unable to correctly readjust to normal life once they have reached the end of their recovery process.

A spinal injury will take over your life. It will likely mean that you have to significantly reduce the amount of time which you spend outside. It is likely that you will have to cancel any planned foreign holidays and pay any cancellation fees which this entails. The amount of social time which you have will likely be reduced and you will have to carefully plan any activities to ensure that you do not further aggravate the injury.

The process of recovering from a spinal injury begins from the moment that the injury is inflicted and the first response treatment which you receive. If the spinal injury is particularly severe, you may first be seen by a team of trained paramedics. Even if you are able to make your way to a hospital without having to travel in an ambulance, you will still need to make sure that you receive all of the recommended treatment. Recovery from a spinal injury often involves a series of appointments with a physiotherapist who through the use of exercise helps you to regain the use of your back and reach a full recovery.

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