Car crashes, falls and machinery accidents are all possible causes of traumatic spinal cord injuries. Those coping with damage to their spinal cords will experience a reduction or total loss in sensation and motor function below the site of the injury.
Given how extensive the symptoms can be, many people are eager to explore treatment options. Do people ever recover motor function or sensation after suffering spinal cord injuries?
People do sometimes recover from incomplete injuries
Physicians will break spinal cord injuries into two main categories. A complete spinal cord injury severs the spinal cord. Incomplete injury pinches or tears the cord but leaves at least some of the tissue connected.
Historically, incomplete spinal cords have sometimes responded to therapy, surgery and medical treatment. They still come with major medical costs and reduced earning potential for some, but treatment options do exist.
Doctors now offer hope for complete spinal cord injuries as well
For years, the prognosis for a complete spinal cord injury was the permanent loss of sensation and function. Those with a complete injury would never be able to recover what they lost when they got hurt.
However, that may soon change. Medical researchers recently published a paper explaining how the implantation of electrodes in three men after complete spinal cord injuries eventually led to them recovering the ability to walk and stand. While such treatment is in its earliest stages, there is a light of hope for those with complete spinal cord injuries that did not exist just a few months ago.
Understanding the likely prognosis for a spinal cord injury can help you respond to your injury more appropriately.