The road to recovery after a spinal cord injury can be long. Immediately after an injury occurs, the medical team’s goal will be to stabilize the patient and prevent them from injuring themselves further. This may require surgery or immobilization to prevent the injured vertebrae from causing more damage.
Methylprednisolone is often giving via IV to help decrease inflammation and assist the damaged nerve cells. There are a number of new treatments in clinical trials that may help stop cell death and encourage nerves to regenerate. After these initial treatments are completed, the medical team’s priority will be to reduce the likelihood of secondary complications like pneumonia and bedsores, ailments common in those who must stay in the hospital for an extended period of time.
The third and longest stage of recovery is rehabilitation, where the patient will strengthen their muscles, regain temporarily lost function, and will learn coping mechanisms for the skills that will likely never return.
An experienced personal injury attorney can provide more information about your rights after a spinal cord injury.