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Measuring recovery from a spinal cord injury

It may be easy for those who have suffered spinal cord injuries in Bozeman to believe that they are sentenced to a lifetime of confinement either in a bed or wheelchair. This comes from knowing that, despite the many advances made in medicine in recent years, no known treatment currently exists to repair damage done to the spinal column or cord. Yet that does not necessarily mean that one cannot see improvements in their own individual cases. 

Information shared by the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center shows that the most common type of spinal cord injuries are incomplete tretra- and paraplegia. An incomplete spinal cord injury means that one still has some feeling below the area of the injury. Incomplete cases the most likely to allow for some degree of recovery. 

While it is impossible to offer general information on the chances of recovery from a spinal injury, clinicians can detail the category of one's injury in order to prepare them for the physical limitations that they may face going forward. According to the Spinal Cord Injury Model System, there are four different classes of spinal injury (C, T, L and S). There are also numerical categories within each individual class. Each category details what sort physical capabilities those with injuries at those levels may have, as well as suggestions regarding medical equipment needs. 

Each injury class also details functional goals that give injury victims measurables to shoot for. These goals encourage activity, yet better still, they provide a benchmark to help track one's progress. Spinal cord injury victims are often able to work up classes, demonstrating abilities that show both physical progress and increased capacity to deal with the limitations injuries have placed on them. 

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