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Ongoing rehabilitation for a spinal cord injury

When people suffer spinal cord injuries, it is going to change their lives forever. In addition to the treatment required immediately following the injury, they will be faced with more of the same in the future.

Depending on the type of injury, ongoing rehabilitation is often necessary. This gives the individuals the best chance possible of reclaiming their lives.

Rehabilitation team members work with you to take small steps. Some of the medical professionals you work with may include an occupational therapist, physical therapist, rehabilitation nurse, rehabilitation psychologist, dietitian, social worker, and doctor.

During the early stages, rehabilitation typically entails a focus on muscle strength and function, learning adaptive techniques, and redeveloping motor skills.

The rehabilitation process also gives you the opportunity to learn more about the type of injury you have suffered, the impact it will have on your body in the future, and how to prevent common complications that have slowed others down.

The primary goal of rehabilitation following a spinal cord injury is to increase your quality of life. You may never return to your life before injury, but this doesn't mean you cannot adapt.

A spinal cord injury, regardless of the severity, can change a person's life forever. This is why ongoing rehabilitation is a must. This is something a person may do for the rest of his or her life, as regular rehab can help in a variety of ways.

If you or a loved one have suffered a spinal cord injury, you should understand the importance of the rehabilitation process over the long run.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Treatments and drugs," accessed July 23, 2015

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