The 3 Main Types of Treatment for Spinal Cord Injuries and How to Pay for Them
Any spinal cord injury has the potential to change a person’s life. As an experienced personal injury attorney, Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas has seen the damage that can be done when a person’s spinal cord is injured. In many cases, the options are permanent paralysis or a costly surgery. While these are impossible decisions to make, there may be help for you.
If your spinal cord injury was the result of an accident for which someone else was at fault, then you may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit. If you do, and you win, your medical bills could be paid in full. You could get compensation for lost wages at work and for pain and suffering. You could get the money needed to make changes to your home due to the results of the spinal cord injury.
For some, the best thing about winning a personal injury case is being able to get the medical treatment they need. Read on to find out more about the three main ways doctors treat spinal cord injuries. Then contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a free legal consultation with a personal injury attorney.
- Physical therapy
- Epidural injections
While physical therapy is often done on its own as a singular treatment, it can also be one of many treatments used for a comprehensive treatment plan. If the trauma that caused the spinal cord injury led to herniated discos or bulging, then physical therapy can help reduce pain and swelling. A person who has become paralyzed may undergo physical therapy to maintain muscle tone.
Nerve irritation is common in those who have suffered a spinal cord injury. Those who have nerve damage or irritation are likely to get epidural steroid injections. This involves several visits to the doctor to get the injections where the damage is. This can also be used to treat radiculopathy in the lower extremities and in some cases is used for cervical compressions in the neck.
Right after the accident happens, the doctor will immobilize the person who has been injured in order to prevent them from causing further damage by moving. This is the most common time for surgery to occur. Surgery is more common in situations in which a fracture has left bone fragments pressure against the spinal cord and nerves. Surgery can also be used well after an accident to relieve pain and to provide relief for people with herniated discs.
You should get the medical treatment you need
At Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas we believe that anyone who suffers a spinal cord injury that was the result of another person should request legal assistance. When you reach out to us at 909-982-0707 we will provide a free legal consultation. Depending on your case, you may or may not have grounds for a lawsuit. We will provide you with an honest legal opinion so that you know the best way to proceed.