- Pain. Many spinal cord injury patients experience chronic pain. This can be from overuse of functioning muscles or, in the case of an incomplete injury, nerve pain. Medications and therapy can help address this pain.
Rehabilitation is also about helping patients take control of their lives.
In addition to helping patients navigate and prevent complications, our care team also works to empower patients. This can include helping them find live-in care providers who can help with everyday tasks, explore options to improve bowel and bladder control, such as self-catheterizing, or take control of their sexual health and fertility.
Additionally, we help patients learn to make the most of modern technologies, like electronic aids and modern wheelchairs.
Emotional and mental health support are essential parts of care, especially after an acute spinal cord injury. Many patients experience grief, depression, and anxiety following their injury. These are normal and valid reactions that can take time to heal. This is why, in addition to physical therapy, we offer psychological therapy and other mental health support.
Some patients find that getting support from their family or support groups can also help in their healing process. These groups can help patients understand their situation and accept it.
Spinal cord injury outlook
Life will never be the same following a spinal cord injury, and the long list of potential complications that come with it can be scary to think about. However, finding a good care team and a supportive network can not only help avoid complications, but they can help any patient thrive.