Spinal injury care
Spinal Injury Care
Sustaining a spinal injury is life-changing, requiring physical, social, and emotional adjustments. Whether adapting to new mobility needs or shifting dynamics at home, it can be an extremely daunting time.
As such, it’s normal to feel anxious – or even frightened about the future. But you don’t have to face these changes alone.
We provide compassionate spinal injury care, tailored to your unique needs.
What Is a Spinal Injury?
A spinal injury is any type of damage to the spinal cord; often sustained in a traumatic injury such as an accident. They’re also triggered by non-traumatic injuries such as tumours, blood clots, and haemorrhages. No matter the cause, spinal injuries are serious, often requiring significant aftercare.
The spinal cord contains nerve cells that transmit messages from the brain to the muscles, skin, and organs. These cells also control sensations in the body such as temperature, pain, and texture. A spinal injury disrupts these messages, resulting in loss of sensation and movement.
The extent and duration of this loss depends on the nature of the injury. In cases of partial damage, some sensation and movement will return, but this may take up to two years. Where damage is total, the loss of function is often permanent.
Common Spinal Injury Symptoms
Spinal injuries present in a variety of ways, so it’s important to be mindful of any changes in sensation. Common spinal injury symptoms include:
Pain in the neck (especially after an injury)
Difficulty moving limbs
Burning, tingling, or other abnormal sensations
Loss of bladder control
Loss of bowel control
Bruising of the skin over the spine
Severe spinal injuries result and paralysis and loss of sensation, increasing the risk of:
Hypothermia (lowered body temperature)
Hyperthermia (elevated body temperature)
Injuries caused by muscle spasms
Types of Spinal Injury Care
We tailor our spinal injury care to your unique needs; helping you live with dignity and freedom.
Whether it’s a sympathetic ear, support with bathing and dressing, or help with medication, our dedicated staff provide personalised support. We work with you to devise a unique care plan, focusing on achievable goals. This might include:
Help with bathing a dressing
Catheter care and continence management
Dietary support (ensuring a healthy diet and regular fluid intake)
Support with household chores such as cleaning, laundry, and shopping
Social and emotional support
Support with rehabilitation
A spinal injury requires personalised support. Get in touch today to see how we can help you.
Further information is available from the Spinal Injuries Ireland.
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