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Spinal cord injury complications can be complex

On Behalf of | May 30, 2022 | Serious and Catastrophic Injuries

Falls, car crashes and other incidents can all lead to spinal cord injuries that devastate the victims and dramatically alter their ability to enjoy life. More males than females suffer from these injuries, and the most common age for a person to suffer this injury is between 16 and 30 years old. Around 25% of spinal cord injuries are associated with alcohol use.

The body areas lower than the level of the damage to the spinal cord are usually affected, and many complications can stem from this situation.

Bladder and bowel incontinence

An injury to the spinal cord can lead to problems controlling the bladder or bowels. In some cases, rehabilitation can help to correct these issues. Some individuals have frequent kidney or bladder stones, as well as kidney infections.

Muscle tone challenges

Spinal cord injuries can lead to a lack of muscle tone, known as flaccidity. The opposite is also true. This is spasticity, which is an uncontrollable tightening of the muscles. Muscle atrophy is another possibility, which is when the muscles begin to waste away. Problems with muscle tone and mobility can lead to weight gain and similar issues.

Mental health changes

People who have a spinal cord injury can suffer from mental health problems, including depression and mood swings. These can become overwhelming, and people may need help from a professional.

Getting the care you need after a spinal cord injury can be costly. Seeking compensation from the negligent party who caused the accident can help you cover those expenses. It would be best to do this quickly since there are time limits for filing the case.