Spinal Cord Injuries
Treatments for People with Spinal Cord Injuries
During the spinal cord injury, the emergency medical attendance minimizes the effects on head or neck trauma. When there is spinal cord injury, the emergency personnel immobilize the spine as gently using rigid neck collar for which they will use to transport the patient to the hospital. In the emergency room, the doctors focus tries to maintain the ability of patient’s breathing. They also help to prevent the shock. The doctors avoid possible complications like stool or urine retention, respiratory, cardiovascular difficulty of the patient.
The patient usually is admitted to the intensive care unit for treatment. Sometime the patient also is transferred to regional spine injury center which has team of neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, spinal cord medicine specialists, psychologists, nurses, therapists and social works. Such team of professionals able to provide extensive treatment to the spinal cord injury. The step of the treatment with spinal cord includes medications, immobilization, surgery and experimental treatments. When the medication and immobilization not suitable, the step of surgery will be undertaken.
New technologies also introduced as a treatment process for the spinal cord injury for which the patient feel more comfort. The devices like modern wheelchairs which restore the useful function. The wheel chairs are improved, light weight and more comfortable for the patients. Some wheelchairs also designed in such a way so that patients able to climb stair, travel over rough terrain without help.
It is pity to point out that there is no cure for spinal cord injury, and still many physicians and scientists devote their time to achieve the goal. However, recently many promising advancements in research into spinal cord injury. But there is always best chance to recovery of function through prompt treat during spinal cord injury. Physical therapy and rehabilitation after surgery also maximizes the recovery. The major recovery occurs within the first six months of spinal cord injury. The remaining loss of function may be recovered within maximum of 12 months. The early immobilization and treatment are the most important factors to achieve recover from spinal cord injury.