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There are many ways to treat spinal cord trauma

If there is one thing you need to know about spinal cord damage it is this: There is no way to reverse any damage that this part of your body sustains.

Even though this sounds bad, it's good to know that there are a variety of treatment options available. With the help of your medical team, you can get a better idea of which treatment strategy gives you the best chance of making a recovery.

Urgent attention is essential to minimizing the impact of any type of spinal cord trauma. If you are injured on the job, for example, you must make sure that somebody calls for help right away.

After an initial evaluation, spinal cord trauma can be treated in many ways:

-- Medication. An example of this is the use of methylprednisolone following an acute spinal cord injury.

-- Immobilization. A neck collar or other type of immobilization device may be used.

-- Surgery. This is often the only way to treat a spinal cord injury, as bone fragments need removed and other damage repaired.

Along with the above, experimental treatments are being developed every day.

There is no denying the fact that spinal cord trauma is one of the most serious types of injury. Even though there is no way to reverse this damage, there are treatment strategies to consider.

With the right medical team on your side, you can feel better about the future. As you work on improving your health, don't overlook your legal rights. Depending on the cause of the accident, you may be able to receive compensation.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Treatments and drugs," accessed June 02, 2017

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