Reviewing the Potential for Recovery from a Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord trauma ranks among the most severe type of injury one may suffer in Indianapolis. The assumption that many may have is that severe physical impairments and/or paralysis is sure to follow, yet that is not always true. Many of the 17,000 people that the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center reports suffer spinal cord injuries each year in America may be able to recover to a certain degree.

One's anticipated level of recovery depends largely on the area of the spine where his or her injury occurred. According to the Shepherd Center, the spine is divided into four regions:

  • Cervical
  • Thoracic
  • Lumbar
  • Sacral

Those who suffer injuries in the sacral region will likely retain the ability to walk. They may, however, experience a decrease in control of their bowel and bladder movements, as well as limited loss of function in the hips or legs. Injuries occurring in the lumbar region are likely to produce similar results, with the most obvious difference being that one may require a wheelchair or other assistive devices in order to ambulate.

People whose spinal cord injuries are localized in the thoracic region are likely to be left as paraplegics. Yet they may retain total control over their upper bodies, which could allow them to manually operate a wheelchair an even drive a modified car.

Injuries that occur in the cervical region are typically the most severe, The most common result is quadriplegia, with those whose injuries are limited to the lower cervical region being able to continue to have some function in their extremities and to be able to speak normally and breathe on their own.

The potential for recovery from a spinal cord injury may influence one's decision to seek compensation. Those looking to initiate such action should contact the Tabor Law Firm.