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How is paraplegia diagnosed and treated?

We recently discussed some of the basic points regarding paraplegia. The fact of the matter is that a diagnosis of paraplegia is a very serious diagnosis. If you recall, paraplegia is a partial or total paralysis of the lower body. Diagnosing and treating paraplegia can be a costly and time-consuming process.

How is paraplegia diagnosed?

Following a paralytic injury, a doctor will do a physical exam and discuss your symptoms. Following that exam, you will likely have to go through some diagnostic testing. This can include nerve pathway testing, a lumbar puncture, blood tests, myelography, CT scan and MRI. Diagnostic testing and the information gathered in the exam are put together to make a firm diagnosis.

What are some treatments for paraplegia?

Paraplegia is treated based on your individual needs. In many cases, you will have to go through therapy and rehabilitation programs. These are meant to help you restore some function, but they aren't always able to help you restore function. You will likely need some emergency treatments to help minimize the damage to your spinal cord. Radiation therapy or surgery might be necessary. You might need to use mobility devices, such as metal braces or a wheelchair.

Learning to live life after a spinal cord injury can be difficult. You might not be able to work. You may have a lot of medical appointments and bills coming in. You might still have difficulties performing tasks that were once simple. All of this can make it difficult for you and your loved ones. Seeking compensation might help you to get the assistive devices you need to help you as you move forward with your treatment plan.

Source: Mount Sinai Hospital, "Paraplegia," accessed May. 19, 2015

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