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What are common treatments for spinal cord injuries?

A spinal cord injury is nothing to take lightly, as this can change a person's life forever. The severity of the injury will go a long way in determining what type of treatment is used. Fortunately, there are many options to consider, all of which have been proven effective to a certain degree.

Here are some of the most common types of treatment for spinal cord injuries:

-- Medication. For example, using methylprednisolone within eight hours of a spinal cord injury can lead to mild improvement. This helps to reduce the damage to nerve cells.

-- Immobilization. Some people require traction to stabilize the spine and/or bring it into alignment.

-- Surgery. In many cases, surgery is necessary in the event of a spinal cord injury. This can help stabilize the spine, while also giving surgeons the ability to remove fragments of bone and other matter that could be causing additional issues.

-- Experimental treatments. This may be a last resort, but scientists and medical professionals are searching for new ways to promote nerve regeneration and stop cell death. A person's medical team can discuss any and all available experimental treatments.

A motor vehicle accident can cause many types of injuries, including those to the spinal cord. There are many types of treatment for these injuries, all of which are explored to the fullest extent.

If a person suffers a spinal cord injury in any type of accident he or she may wish to speak with an attorney. This could be the first step in learning more about the legalities of the accident.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Treatments and drugs" accessed Feb. 04, 2015

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