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.
Just the same as any other body part, the spinal cord can be injured in a number of ways. It can be damaged by dislocation, fractures, compression, hyperflexion, or hyperextension.
If a person is paralyzed, it does not mean that his or her life is over. They may have to adjust their way of living, but there are ways they can remain productive and enjoy life. This is particularly true in today's day and age, as more and more strategies for paralysis treatment are tested.
If a person suffers a spinal cord injury, such as in a motor vehicle accident, it is essential that he or she receives immediate care.
A new medical study appears to have made progress in understanding tissue damage following an acute spinal cord injury. Scientists used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to study damage patterns in the months following the spinal trauma. They discovered that irreversible tissue loss occurred in the spinal cord within 40 days of the accident, a finding that rebuts the common belief that it took years for spinal injury victims' tissue to show physical evidence of the injury.
After hearing a medical malpractice victim's sad story, a jury decided to award the woman $3.9 million in damages. While the figure seems sizable, it won't restore the victim's ability to run and play sports with her children, or even legibly write a check for their extracurricular activities.