To suffer severe injuries at the hands of someone else’s negligence is difficult to cope with, particularly when those injuries involve the spinal cord and may include paralysis. According to Healthline, most patients who have paralysis do not regain mobility or sensation.
Understanding what your life may look like following your diagnosis can help you prepare and cope with your new reality.
How do doctors diagnose paralysis?
In some cases, paralysis may seem easy to diagnose. After all, if you lack muscle function, it may be a strong identifier. However, this does not always tell physicians the extent of your injuries or your outlook. For spinal cord injuries, doctors insert a dye into your nerves. The dye allows them to see the nerves in your spinal cord clearly on your x-ray. Additionally, doctors may use sensors to measure electric activity.
How can you move forward after a paralysis diagnosis?
The doctor may prescribe various treatment options, including mobility aids and physical therapy. While you may not have a cure for your paralysis, you can use therapy and assistive technology to improve your quality of life.
In addition to braces, scooters, wheelchairs and other mobility devices, you may also want to see an occupational therapist. Occupational therapists and other professionals can help you modify different aspects of your life, including your home life, work-life and ability to drive. The point of therapy is to allow you to live as independently as possible.
In addition to mobility aids and physical therapy, your doctor may recommend surgeries, medication and other treatments, particularly if you have any complications from your paralysis.