During an accident, the impact’s speed and force can damage the spinal cord. To diagnose spinal cord injuries, doctors will take X-rays and perform CT scans and MRIs to check for abnormalities, fractures, herniated discs or blood clots.
Serious spinal cord injuries often result in permanent damage. Rehabilitation and ongoing care tend to focus on minimizing future injuries and helping patients become more independent again. If you have a spinal cord injury, mobility aids may help you live a more independent life.
Functional electrical stimulation
There are devices available that utilize electricity to stimulate the muscles of a patient’s arms and legs. Electrical stimulation devices may be able to help you stand, walk or reach and grip objects again.
Electronic aids and computer adaptations
You can use electronic devices to help you with daily living. Any device that uses electricity and can help you function throughout the day is an electronic aid. You may have aids you can control with your voice or an on-and-off switch. You can use voice control to operate your computer or other electronic devices if you have limited hand function. When it comes to electronic aids, you can use more complex or simple devices depending on your injury.
Modern wheelchairs have advanced a lot over the last several years. Lightweight wheelchairs make it easier for you to stay mobile and comfortable. Some modern wheelchairs can even climb chairs or travel over rough terrain.
When it comes to SCIs, your doctor may not be able to give you a prognosis right away. However, most patients see the most recovery in the first six months. Mobility aids can help make this time easier.