Recognize the Signs of a Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries are life-changing injuries. When an accident occurs, it is necessary to recognize the signs so that prompt treatment can be administered. If you experience any of the following, make sure that a qualified medical professional performs a thorough medical evaluation to determine the presence and extent of a spinal cord injury.
Signs of a Spinal Cord Injury
- Stinging sensation in the back
- Difficulty walking or loss of motor control
- Weakness in the legs or feet
- Muscle spasms
- Numbness or tingling anywhere in the body
- Difficulty breathing
- Loss of bladder/bowel control
In all instances, if you suspect a spinal cord injury, it is important to remain as immobile as possible. Often, movement can exacerbate the injury and create a situation that can't be undone or easily treated. This is especially true right after the accident, when adrenaline can mask the extent of the injury. In most cases, the effects of adrenaline will wear off within about an hour, but this varies based on your age, overall health, and the extent of the trauma.
It is essential to remain vigilant to these symptoms, as they can represent a serious emergency. Specifically, any difficulty breathing should be promptly addressed, as this can be a symptom of a life-threatening injury. In addition, whenever possible, injured parties should be evaluated by paramedics at the scene of the accident and by a physician within an emergency room who can take x-rays and perform the tests required to confirm a spinal cord injury.
Treating Spinal Cord Injuries
Early treatment is crucial for recovering from spinal cord injuries. The first six months will see the fastest rate of recovery. After that, the injury will begin to stabilize, but you may make small improvements for up to two years after the injury.
That is why we strongly recommend pursuing treatment right away, rather than waiting for a settlement to pursue care. Further, advances in AI technology, the use of enzymes, and other new treatments are significantly improving recovery rates and patient outcomes. Obtaining a thorough assessment and pursuing a rigorous therapy regimen tailored for your injury can help restore your mobility and quality of life.
Have you suffered an injury and need the help of a spinal cord injury lawyer in Texas? Contact Welmaker Injury Law at (210) 828-6033 and we will be happy to discuss your legal options for pursuing compensation in Texas.