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How should you approach a spinal cord injury?

There is no denying the fact that a spinal cord injury can change your life forever. This is among the most serious types of injury, and for this reason, it should be treated as such.

Regardless of which type of spinal cord injury you have suffered, it is important to receive immediate medical. Of course, the type of treatment will depend largely on the details of the injury, such as the level of neurologic deficit.

While it is important to seek immediate care, there may come a point when you need to consider who is providing the treatment. For example, a patient with an acute spinal cord injury is typically in good hands at a regional spinal cord injury center. This often means being transferred from one facility to another.

Once a transfer is made, the patient has access to better care, such as the appropriate diagnostic tools and more experienced doctors.

At some point, a consultation with a specialist, such as a neurosurgeon, is required. In the event that other injuries are involved, consulting with a variety of medical professionals may be necessary.

The way you approach a spinal cord injury will have a lot to do with the treatment you receive and your long term prognosis. When you make all the right decisions upfront, you have a better chance of a positive outcome down the road.

There is nothing good about a spinal cord injury, but it is nice to know that there are many treatment options available. You simply need to find the medical facility and team to provide the treatment that matches your injury.

Source: MedScape, "Spinal Cord Injuries Treatment & Management," accessed Dec. 28, 2015

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