Traumatic Spinal Injuries common to Road accidents.

Quadriplegia & Paraplegia following traumatic spinal injuries can be partial can be complete.

During the acute care major role is played by others i.e. surgeons, nurses, therapists etc. BUT once the condition is stable patient needs to take responsibility in his or her own hands to be able to really influence the output of the spinal cord that is functioning independently without any control from the brain!

It is this independent cord, which is giving you the involuntary spasms & abnormal uncontrolled movement & spasticity & rigidity BUT it is possible for you to make the same cord behave quietly though independently by modulating its output with right input to the cord through the same paralyzed muscles & same normal peripheral nerves.

Those who have partial injury can get back on their feet not by waiting for the recovery to happen by itself BUT by forcing the recovery by indulging into active exercises for the whole body for many hours a day & by standing & walking of course under the guidance of expert physical therapist to be able to become independent in walking without external support.

For the uncontrolled bladder & frequent micturation problems, it is important for the patient to train the abdominal wall muscles by practicing to walk in the safe indoor areas as an exercise to avoid all future complications like

  1. Bone softening & osteoporosis from not weight bearing on the legs
  2. Possible urine infection from long standing catheterization & large amount of residuals.
  3. Vulnerability towards chest infections because of low vital capacity of lungs, because of being generally passive & wheel chair bound.