How your love can help a family member with a spinal cord injury

Spinal cord injuries are among the most severe potential injuries a person can suffer. Unfortunately, the speed with which motor vehicles travel and the force they exert in a collision can easily produce spinal cord injuries in the people inside the vehicle. Most people understand that a spinal cord injury will result in partial or full paralysis below the site of the injury.

What they may not realize is that depression is a common secondary consequence of spinal cord injuries that can impact someone’s prognosis and their quality of life now and in the future. If your loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury in a car crash, the love and support you offer them could be critical during their recovery.

Positive attitudes and social support play a role in recovery

Those with complete spinal cord injuries have suffered a full severing of the spinal cord from which no recovery is possible. However, many people suffer incomplete spinal cord injuries that result from the tearing, cutting or pinching of the spinal cord. For these individuals, partial or even full recovery can occur, provided that they receive adequate medical care and support during recovery.

Research has shown that the function of nerves shortly after the time of the accident can indicate how likely recovery is. However, the attitude of the injured person and the amount of support they have in adjusting to their life after their injury can also impact their prognosis and likelihood of a full recovery. By maintaining a positive and encouraging attitude, you can help your loved one make the best of a difficult situation.

Encourage your loved one to recover physically and financially

By maintaining a positive attitude and focusing on helping your loved one during their recovery, you can potentially help them achieve the greatest amount of physical healing possible. However, the care and treatment they require will likely be expensive, especially when you consider the fact that they probably can’t earn any money during their convalescent period.

Helping your loved one with their medical appointments and exercises can be beneficial. So can exploring their legal right to financial compensation after suffering injuries in a crash caused by another person. Such compensation from insurance or a lawsuit may be a way to reduce the long-term consequences of a spinal cord injury.