Spinal Cord Injury: Treatments and Rehabilitation (cont.)
Jason C. Eck, DO, MS
Jason C. Eck, DO, MS
Dr. Eck received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Catholic University of America in Biomedical Engineering, followed by a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Marquette University. Following this he worked as a research engineer conducting spine biomechanics research. He then attended medical school at University of Health Sciences. He is board eligible in orthopaedic surgery.
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What is the outlook for patients with spinal cord injury?
The best chance for recovery of function following spinal cord injury is through prompt treatment. Early surgical decompression and stabilization leads to better recovery. Aggressive physical therapy and rehabilitation after surgery also maximizes recovery. The majority of recovery occurs within the first six months after injury. Any remaining loss of function present after 12 months is much more likely to become permanent.
Maintaining a positive outlook is extremely important for patients with spinal cord injury. The use of assistive devices allows most people with even severe spinal cord injuries to integrate into society and stay productive. Unfortunately, the rate of depression, divorce, and substance abuse are significantly higher in people with spinal cord injury. There are many support groups and treatments available for people with spinal cord injury as listed below.
Is there a cure for spinal cord injury?
There is no cure for spinal cord injury at this time. Many physicians and scientists devote their professional lives to this goal. There have been many promising advancements in research into spinal cord injury recently. It is hoped that these advancements will lead to a cure.
Where can I get more information on spinal cord injury?
Christopher Reeve Foundation & Resource Center
National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC)
Miami Project to Cure Paralysis/ Buoniconti Fund
Spinal Cord Society
Clearinghouse on Disability Information Special Education & Rehabilitative
Services Communications & Customer Service Team
National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) U.S.
Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/28/2014
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