Despite years of research, the community of medical professionals as not yet developed a cure for any type of spinal cord injury. Hence, any personal injury lawyer in Calgary with a client that has sustained such an injury must study the challenges posed by the obvious prognosis.
Features associated with a spinal cord injury
Damage to the bundle of nerves in the vertebrae. That bundle of nerves sends signals to the body’s organs. It also gives the human body the ability to detect specific sensations. Some of the complications linked to spinal cord injuries include circulation issues, trouble breathing, loss of bowel or bladder control, and the loss of sex functions.
Possible causes for damage to the cord’s integrity:
Traumatic injuries result from motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall incidents and even instances of medical malpractice. In the latter instance, a physician makes a mistake, while doing a spinal tap, or a patient fails to remain in a flat position for the prescribed amount of time, following a spinal tap.
Non-traumatic injuries to the bundle of nerves in the vertebra can arise in patients with certain diseases. The injuries’ appearance can also dim the joy that surrounds a birth, if the newborn infant must live with a set of nerves that do not function properly.
The injury gets categorized according to the location of the damaged bundle of fibers, which contain nerve tissues.
A patient with cervical damage belongs to the class of disabled individuals that are known as quadriplegics. A quadriplegic has no or limited movement of all muscles below the neck.
A patient that suffered damage to the thoracic, the lumbar or the sacra-coccygeal region of the backbone belongs to the class of disabled men and women known as paraplegic. A paraplegic has no or limited movement in all muscles below the waist.
Treatment offers relief, in the place of a cure.
A physical therapist can supervise performance of rehabilitation exercises. This allows the exercised muscles to maintain their strength. In addition, the exercises reduce the chance that the injured man or woman might have further mobility problems.
An occupational therapist can help the patient to learn new ways for moving and completing simple self-care activities. The patients must learn to use various mobility aids. Additionally, scientific investigations have shown that it should be possible to repair and regenerate a cord’s damaged nerve cells. Motivated by that discovery, researchers continue to search for a way by which regenerated nerve cells could be cultured in the lab. Then researchers would try growing such cells on the type of surface used in an implanted device. That approach would aid creation of an artificial spinal cord. Such a creation would hasten the emergence of a cure.