After spinal cord injuries, many focus their attention on the resulting paralysis. Along with the potential loss of feeling and movement, those with spinal trauma also face potentially serious secondary complications.
Understanding the possible complications may help people with SCIs to get the care they need and avoid possible worsened health conditions or death.
Many living with SCIs struggle with pressure sores. According to WebMd.com, pressure sores develop due to prolonged pressure on areas of the skin. Such wounds often cause pain and discomfort. At their most severe, pressure sores may kill off skin and tissue or allow the development of infections.
According to MayoClinic.org, some spinal cord injuries cause people breathing and respiratory problems. Consequently, this may increase the risk of those living with such conditions developing lung-related illnesses such as pneumonia. If left untreated, pneumonia may cause respiratory distress.
Urinary tract and kidney infections
Depending on the level and severity of their injuries, people with SCIs sometimes experience urinary incontinence and other bladder control problems. Such issues increase the chances of those living with spinal cord injuries developing urinary tract and kidney infections, which may cause serious illness. Additionally, bladder stones and kidney stones commonly affect people with SCIs.
Spinal cord injuries often have a life-changing impact on those who suffer them, as well as on their families. If their injuries occur due to another’s negligent actions, they may consider their options for receiving compensation for their injury-associated losses. This may include the expenses associated with their medical treatment and care, as well as damages for physical and emotional pain and suffering.