Many workplace injuries, especially in industries such as construction and manufacturing, affect the victim’s spinal cord. These injuries may be to the spinal cord itself or to the disks and vertebrae that make up the spinal column. Many types of work-related spinal cord injuries occur when there is an unexpected and traumatic blow to the spinal cord.
Spinal cord injuries may range from mild to severe, and in some cases, individuals may suffer from permanent paralysis or reduced range of motion. Fortunately, there are many available treatments that may help individuals with spinal cord injuries live fulfilling and independent lives.
Treatment helps reduce symptoms of spinal cord injuries
According to the Mayo Clinic, spinal cord injuries may result in a variety of symptoms that affect an individual’s quality of life. Some potential symptoms of a spinal cord injury include loss of movement, difficulty breathing, ongoing pain, problems with sexual functions and loss of bladder or bowel control.
Rehabilitation treatments and exercises may help patients improve their ability to control their bodies and/or learn how to adapt to a limited range of motion. Many types of assistive technology, such as speech-controlled devices, help people with spinal cord injuries regain autonomy, communication skills and independence.
Advanced technology restores control to patients with spinal cord injuries
U.S. News and World Report provides positive information on one type of advanced medical treatment that may help people with spinal cord injuries. According to the U.S. News article, this treatment (epidural stimulation) helps improve and restore the connection between the brain and spine to allow motion. Epidural stimulation has helped some paralyzed patients recover the ability to stand and even walk with minimal assistance.