Is physical therapy effective for treating spinal injuries?

| Sep 30, 2019 | Firm News |

After suffering from an injury that led to spinal cord damage, Indiana residents like you may be wondering what the road to recovery will look like. Physical therapy can help in many ways, though it isn’t a miracle cure. 

Mayo Clinic takes a look at spinal cord injury rehabilitation. In many cases, this is a combination of physical therapies and mental health counseling that work together to allow a patient to slowly improve areas of mobility that were damaged. Comprehensive rehabilitation provides: 

  • Education and resources about your specific injury 
  • An improvement of emotional, physical and mental functions 
  • Support during difficult times 
  • Assurance that your needs will be met 

There are different types of rehabilitation. You may have to try different programs out to see which one works best for you. For example, if only your arms were affected, you may want to try a therapy that focuses on the functional restoration of the upper extremities. 

But just how effective are these therapies? Of course, the unfortunate truth is that there is no permanent cure-all solution to every type of spinal cord injury out there. Many people with spinal injuries struggle to recover, and a portion do not attain the same level of physical ability that they had before their incident. 

However, treatments are improving every day. Not only is physical therapy itself becoming more targeted and widely available, but assisted moving technology is also evolving along with new surgical techniques. 

In the meantime, treatment and therapy can be expensive. You may want to contact an attorney to see if you are eligible for compensation.