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Earlier is better for spinal cord injury rehabilitation

For those people in Pennsylvania who have suffered a spinal injury the road to recovery may be long and difficult. However, promising research on the subject indicates that better treatment practices and techniques might be just around the corner. The researchers believe that starting spinal rehabilitation as soon as it is clinically possible seems to be associated with more positive outcomes.

Researchers looked at the data from about 4,000 spinal cord patients who had been injured between 2000 and 2014. Their average age was 41, and the average time to the beginning of their therapy was about 19 days.

The researchers discovered a clear association between earlier therapy and a more positive outcome both at the time of discharge from the hospital and during the subsequent 12 months. The lead researcher advocated entry into rehabilitative therapy at the earliest possible opportunity, as soon as it was clinically appropriate for it to begin.

Approximately 12,000 Americans suffer an injury to their spinal cord each year. Many of these injuries are due to the negligent actions of another party, such as a motor vehicle accident that was caused by an impaired or distracted driver or a fall caused by a dangerous condition on another party's property. Those who have been injured in such a manner often face life-changing circumstances, and many are unable to return to gainful employment. A personal injury attorney can often be of assistance to such an injured victim in filing a lawsuit against the responsible party seeking compensation for the losses that have been sustained.

Source: Web MD, "Early Rehab May Help Spinal Cord Injury Patients", Robert Preidt, Feb. 19, 2016

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