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Can spinal injuries worsen over time?

| Aug 16, 2018 | Serious Injuries |

Ohio residents who have suffered from severe injury to the spine have a long road of recovery ahead of you. This road is full of ups and downs. Even if it’s possible to recover from spinal damage through physical therapy and potential surgeries, it’s also possible for injuries to worsen with time.

Oxford Academic has a featured article that focuses on neuronal function degradation after an injury to the spinal cord. Essentially, it showed that over the course of a spinal cord injury, the ability a patient has to move their limbs can continue to become degraded long after an accident.

What does this mean for you? Essentially, it means that the traditional methods for strengthening movement after a paralyzing accident may not be as effective as you hope for. Generally speaking, the way that spinal injuries are treated allow you to use physical therapy and other similar methods to keep your neurons activated. Spinal tract fibers can be regenerated as well. However, neuronal function degradation can get in the way of this progress and slow down or even set back your work to rebuild your body.

Neuronal circuits need to be preserved in order for these methods of recovery to work, in other words. If those circuits are damaged or fail over time, then recovering your ability to move will be hard

If you have been dealing with a spinal injury that has worsened with time, you may want to look into legal actions you can take. Consider your options for compensation and speaking to a lawyer about the path you want to choose.