How long do you stay in rehab after spinal cord injury?
Rehabilitation remains one of the most important aspects of life in the first year after a spinal cord injury. For many people, they will undergo approximately 3 to 4 months of inpatient rehabilitation followed by 2 to 6 more months of outpatient rehabilitation, and this is covered by insurance.
Can you ever recover from a spinal cord injury?
There is no cure for a spinal cord injury. However, rehabilitation and adaptive devices can help a person gain more independence and improve their quality of life.
What should you not do with a spinal injury?
Avoid moving the head or neck. Provide as much first aid as possible without moving the person’s head or neck. If the person shows no signs of circulation (breathing, coughing or movement), begin CPR, but do not tilt the head back to open the airway.
What are the top 4 causes of death in spinal cord patients?
The most frequent causes of death were respiratory (29.3% of all certified causes), circulatory, including cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases (26.7%), neoplasms (13.9%), urogenital (11.5%), digestive (5.3%) and external causes, including suicides (4.5%).
What are the chances of walking again after a spinal cord injury?
Approximately 80% of patients with incomplete spinal cord injury (SCI) can regain ambulatory ability after participation in a rehabilitation program. However, most of them can walk non-functionally and require a walking device.
Why are spinal injuries so serious?
The spinal cord contains the nerves that carry messages between your brain and the rest of the body. The cord passes through your neck and back. A spinal cord injury is very serious because it can cause loss of movement (paralysis), function, and sensation below the site of the injury.
What is the emotional impact of a spinal cord injury?
Emotional and behavioral problems may develop or worsen after a SCI. There is often a period of adjustment after a spinal cord injury. Sometimes feelings of sadness or anxiety may develop. In some cases, clinical depression may develop.