Your spinal cord is a big bundle of nerves that runs down the middle of your back. It carries signals from your brain to the rest of your body and from your body to your brain.
A spinal cord can be injured in several different ways, including from a fall or while playing sports. The most common causes are car accidents and too often alcohol plays a part in spinal cord injuries involving young adults.
A child who suffers a spinal cord injury loses all or some feeling and movement below the site of the injury. For example, if the spinal cord is injured just above the hips, the child may lose feeling and movement in his hips, legs, and feet.
If the child has a spinal cord injury he may need multiple surgeries, long-term physical therapy, and many other forms of treatment. You likely will work with a treatment team that includes rehabilitation specialists who will help you build their strength and learn new ways to perform personal, work and recreational activities. They also can help them learn how to take good care of their body. If they’ll be using a wheelchair, for example, they may learn how to avoid skin sores that can come from sitting for a long time.
Of course, if your child has a spinal cord injury, it’s not just their body that’s affected; their emotions will have taken a severe blow as well. A child’s reaction to their injury ranges from relief that their accident wasn’t worse, to fear about how their lives may change. Whatever their reaction, their treatment team can help them deal with those issues. Tell your child, your spouse, or other people you trust how you feel — and ask what they can do to help.
The challenges associated with responding to this type of injury to your child can be overwhelming for even the strongest, best educated and most affluent of people. The Solar Law will assist you in understanding these issues and assembling necessary healthcare, vocational and forensic experts to help you find the best solutions.