Once upon a time, physical therapy for patients paralyzed by spinal cord injuries wasn’t a part of most treatment plans. Keeping the muscles toned when patients couldn’t use them didn’t seem necessary, and it often gave patients false hope that they would someday regain the use of their paralyzed limbs. Today, however, physical therapy for paralyzed spinal cord injury patients is used increasingly to keep muscle tone going, improve immune system function, and prepare patients for the possibility that treatments might improve their own ability to use their limbs again.
New research on spinal cord injuries indicates that exercise can help the brain rebuild connections severed by the injury, improving the chances of regaining motor functions, according to a recent article from Scripps News.
Even in patients who have no motor control at all, exercise helps keep other body systems, like the heart and lungs, healthy. It also stimulates the body’s natural immunities, helping patients fight off colds, infections, and other bugs. Also, keeping the muscles in good condition helps make paralyzed patients better candidates for experimental spinal cord injury treatments, should they choose to participate in studies.
Spinal cord injuries can occur in car accidents, workplace accidents, slip and fall accidents, and a wide range of other situations. They are often expensive and difficult to treat, and can leave the injured person with permanent disabilities. If you’ve suffered a spinal cord injury, please don’t wait to call the experienced Missouri spinal cord injury attorneys at Page Law to discuss your legal rights and options. For a free consultation, call us today at (314) 322-8515.