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Treatment and Rehabilitation of Spinal Cord Injuries

The Law Offices of Robert G. Schock assists injured people in seeking the compensation they deserve after someone else negligently or intentionally caused their harm. In particular, we devote a significant portion of our practice to helping those who have suffered spinal cord injuries.

Sustaining a spinal cord injury (SCI) is a catastrophic and life-changing occurrence. While some symptoms of SCI may never go away, excellent treatments and rehabilitation programs exist to ease pain and discomfort, improve mobility, and increase independence for people living with SCI.

Immediately after a serious accident, medical personnel can engage numerous tactics to ease the victim's pain and prevent further injury from taking place in the body. For example, braces can be used to provide support and immobilize the spine. If administered within a few hours of the injury-causing accident, methylprednisolone (Medrol) can reduce inflammation and slow the progress of the SCI. However, Medrol is not a cure for SCI.

Once the patient is stabilized and there is a clear diagnosis of SCI, doctors may perform surgery to remove any bone fragments or foreign objects lodged in the spinal region. Additionally, surgery may be helpful to extract fractured vertebrae that may be compressing the spine. In some cases, surgery is performed to stabilize the spine and prevent a deformity from developing.

Later, doctors can prescribe medications to control pain and muscle spasticity and to improve bladder control, bowel control, and sexual function.

As you begin to recover, many different types of rehabilitative activities may be made available to you, including:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Rehabilitative psychology
  • Social worker assistance
  • Dietitian assistance
  • Recreational therapy
  • Physiatrist assistance

Rehabilitation generally focuses on the following:

  • Maintaining and strengthening your existing muscle function
  • Redeveloping your fine motor skills
  • Learning new techniques to help you accomplish your daily tasks
  • Learning about your injury and how it affects your body
  • Learning about ways you can prevent complications
  • Learning to rebuild your life
  • Ways to increase your quality of life

During rehabilitation, you will learn to use equipment and technology to help you live independently and resume your normal life activities as much as possible. Finally, keep in mind that researchers continue to try to develop new treatments and medications to promote nerve cell regeneration and improve the function of nerves that remain after SCI.

If your SCI was caused by the negligence or wrongful acts of another person, you may be entitled to recover monetary damages to compensate you for your physical, emotional, and financial losses associated with this injury. At the Law Offices of Robert G. Schock, we have significant expertise in assisting people with SCI in Oakland, San Francisco, the Bay Area, and throughout California. To learn about how a personal injury lawyer can help you, schedule a free consultation by contacting the Law Offices of Robert G. Schock today.