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Coping With Spinal Cord Injury - Articles Surfing
Spinal cord injury is one of the most devastating of all traumatic injuries. Spinal injury can lead to partial or even complete paralysis. In partial paralysis, there is at least some movement and sensation on the affected areas. It is worse if your injury results in total paralysis of the injured areas like the loss of use of your legs or arms.
Regardless of whether you contributed to the accident or is totally innocent and purely a victim of being at the wrong place at the wrong time, it doesn't change the fact that spinal cord injuries have lasting effect. In other cases the effect of spinal cord injury is permanent.
If you are unfortunate enough to have figured in an accident and your spinal cord was seriously injured causing paralysis, you will likely experience not only physical pain but also emotional trauma and grief.
The problem with the effects of spinal cord injury is double edged. While you need to get treatments and rehabilitation of the paralyzed areas of your body, you also need to take care of the emotional and psychological side of the spinal cord injury.
In complete paralysis, there are experiments to try and treat the injured spinal cord but the reality of the moment is that completely paralyzed parts of the body due to serious spinal cord injury almost always stays immobile and without sensation.
While trying to make do with current rehab techniques, adjustment to the new condition of the person paralyzed is of equal or even more importance. Having lost the use of parts of your body is really devastating. It is a difficult challenge for those paralyzed to adjust to the new environment and lifestyle.
There is however, no step by step process in getting over disbelief, grief, sadness and anger brought about by the realization of paralysis.
The first step in adjusting to the new condition is acceptance. Accept the fact that you will never again get to utilized parts of your body. After acceptance comes understanding of the condition. With understanding comes the realization that the person needs to cope and try to find new ways of doing things and dealing with the daily challenges of everyday life.
The most important thing however, in order for a paralyzed person to adjust, is the help and understanding of the family members. So long as the paralyzed person has a support system as strong as the family, the daily trials of the paralyzed person becomes more bearable. If you have a family member who has spinal cord injury always remember to encourage that family member. Positive reinforcements, especially from love ones, are stronger than any expensive therapy sessions out there.
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