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Long-term complications of spinal injuries

On Behalf of | Sep 13, 2023 | Blog, Personal Injury |

Spinal injuries can lead to life-altering, long-term complications that directly affect your quality of life and well-being. When you suffer a spinal injury, understanding the complications that may occur helps you watch for potential problems and ensure adequate compensation in your settlement.

Be attentive to some of the most common complications after a spinal injury to protect your long-term interests.

Chronic pain

Many people with spinal injuries struggle with chronic pain issues. Nerve damage and spinal cord pressure lead to persistent discomfort and a reduced quality of life. Long-term pain management creates an ongoing challenge.

Respiratory issues

In some cases, spinal injuries lead to respiratory problems as well. Spinal injuries can weaken the core muscles needed for respiration, which creates medical challenges including frequent respiratory infections and the risk of hospitalizations.

Muscle atrophy

The decreased physical activity that results from a spinal injury often makes physical activity more challenging. This may cause the muscles below the injury site to atrophy. This may affect strength, endurance and mobility.

Cardiovascular issues

Reduced mobility from spinal injuries can also lead to cardiovascular complications, including blood clots and poor circulation. Careful rehabilitation routines can help preserve cardiovascular health and reduce the risk of complications.

According to the National Institute of Health, more than 17,000 spinal injuries occur each year in the United States. Understanding the common complications makes it easier for you to fight for fair and reasonable compensation after your accident. Consider the potential costs and long-term effects of any complications you might experience as you negotiate the settlement for your injury.

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