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Suffered a spinal cord injury? Early treatment matters

When you were in a crash, the first thing you noticed was that you had significant weakness in your lower body. You were terrified that you would end up paralyzed, so you stayed very still and waited for the emergency team to arrive.

After imaging tests and an physical exam, it turns out that you were right to be concerned. You had suffered a dislocation of your vertebrae, and it was pressing down on the spinal cord. Within a short time, you were on your way to surgery.

Can you get feeling back after a spinal injury?

The good news is that you may be able to in some situations. For example, if you dislocated the vertebrae and it only presses, but does not damage, the spinal cord, releasing the pressure may help your nerves return to normal. An incomplete injury, where the spinal cord is torn, may impact your strength and mobility, but it could recover somewhat, depending on the specific injury and how long it took to get treatment.

Any kind of spinal cord injury is an emergency, so doing what you did was right. Staying still and waiting for the medical team to stabilize your spine are great tips for preventing further injury after a collision.

Immediate treatment can help reduce the risk of long-term side effects, which is a relief for anyone who is concerned about paralysis or long-term complications. Once you're stabilized, remember that you can consider filing a personal injury claim, so you get the financial coverage you need while seeking further medical treatment.

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