Minor car accidents may result in short-term whiplash. The most severe accidents can cause severe spinal cord injuries that create short- or long-term disabilities. Due to recent advancements in medical technology, new treatments are helping injured car accident victims in Texas to regain their loss of mobility.
Innovative research performed at the University of Washington has led to a new method of treating spinal cord injuries. According to the IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering journal, this method combines the effectiveness of physical therapy with the use of tools to stimulate nerve cells in the spinal cord. As a result of this innovation, six injured patients in Seattle were able to regain movement in their hands and arms. This improvement lasted for three to six months in most patients.
The extent of spinal cord injuries
Tens of thousands of Americans suffer injuries from car accidents each year. One of the most common complaints is back pain and whiplash neck pain. This pain is often the symptom of severe trauma to the spinal cord. There can be extensive damage to the spinal cord that creates some form of disability. Some injured people are no longer able to move their hands or arms to perform basic tasks like eating, bathing or dressing themselves. As a result, they have long-term physical and occupational therapy needs.
What happens to injured patients?
New treatments for spinal cord injuries are being performed every year. If you have been in a car accident and now have mobility issues, continue to undergo treatments from your doctors. In addition to innovative medical services, there are legal services available to help you seek compensation for your medical expenses.