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What can rehabilitating from a spinal cord injury involve?

Sometimes, a person ends up with a spinal cord injury as a result of a car crash or an accident of some other variety. Such injuries can impact a person in a vast array of different ways and can leave a person facing extensive periods of rehabilitation. 

Spinal-cord-injury-related rehabilitation can involve many different things. 

For one, it can involve undergoing different types of therapy, such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, electrical stimulation therapy, recreational therapy and vocational therapy.

Another thing it can involve is learning techniques and strategies to address some of the new challenges and issues a person is facing as a result of their injury. Some examples are strategies and techniques dealing with: diet, exercise, self-grooming, bowel management, bladder management and coping with pain.  

Use of special devices, such as mobility assistance devices or communication assistance devices, also is sometimes part of the rehabilitation process. 

The list goes on. As one can see, the rehabilitation process following a spinal cord injury can be a complex one with a wide variety of different aspects. The rehabilitation process can sometimes be very challenging for a person, physically, mentally and emotionally. It can also be a source of financial strain, as the various different things rehabilitating from a spinal cord injury can involve can have major expenses connected to them.

Thus, there can be some rather significant financial issues that spinal cord injury victims can face. When someone's negligence causes another person to suffer a spinal cord injury, one would hope that this financial burden would be moved away from the victim and to the negligent party. Personal injury lawsuits can sometimes help bring about such a shifting of burden. Personal injury attorneys can help spinal cord injury victims look into whether a personal injury lawsuit is an available option for them.  

Source: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, "What are the treatments for spinal cord injury (SCI)?," Accessed Nov. 6, 2014

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