Spinal Cord Injury Treatment Questions and Answers
If you’re dealing with the impacts of a spinal cord injury, at OmniSpine Pain Management, we may be able to help. Call us or visit us at 947 Scotland Dr.St #107, Desoto, TX 75115. We serve patients from DeSoto TX, Mesquite TX, Frisco TX, Dallas TX, Plano TX, Garland TX, Forney TX, Cedar Hill TX, and Denton TX.
Is there any treatment for spinal cord injury?
There is currently no proven cure for any kind of spinal cord injury. Once injury is done to the spinal cord, there is no known treatment that can reverse that damage. If you sustain an injury to your spinal cord, it is very serious, and you will need emergency care before being transported to a hospital or acute care setting. While there, a number of things may be done to mitigate or minimize the impacts of the injury, such as surgery, in order to remove any debris from the spinal area and stabilize the spine to prevent any further deformity. You will also likely have your spine immobilized to prevent further injury, usually in the form of a neck brace or a special sturdy bed. Your care team will also do whatever they can to prevent damage to the rest of your body, like your heart or respiratory symptoms.
Specialists around the world are constantly researching effective treatments for spinal cord injuries. As of right now, these treatments are considered experimental, as they have not been proven to be effective in completely reversing spinal cord damage. With that said, such experimental treatments can and have been used on some patients, in a safe, controlled manner, and at the advice of a trained specialist. For example, after the injury to the spinal cord, some physicians may lower your body temperature significantly for a short period of time, in order to help prevent damaging inflammation from taking place. There are also some experimental medications being developed to help promote nerve cell regeneration, or to improve the function of the nerves that have remained intact.
What is the best treatment for spinal cord injury?
There is currently no proven cure or treatment for spinal cord injury, and the best path forward for management and returning to normal life activities will depend on many factors, including the severity of the injury, and the care you may have received in the acute care setting. In addition to the experimental treatments mentioned above, there is also something known as epidural stimulation. This involves a device, implanted surgically, that helps stimulate the nerve systems that have been impacted by the injury. It’s important to remember that these types of treatments are experimental, and may not work for every spinal cord injury patient.
There are also a variety of therapies provided in the rehabilitation portion of your recovery, including physical therapy, and the use of technologies like wheelchairs or computers to help with communication. The goal is to support you to return to normal life activities in the way that will work best with this injury.
What specialist should I see for a spinal cord injury?
You will likely encounter a variety of physicians and specialists after suffering a spinal cord injury, from an emergency room physician to a neurosurgeon. In the rehabilitation period of your recovery, you may work with physical therapists, dieticians, or a pain management physician.
At OmniSpine pain management, our practice is led by Dr. Morchower, a board-certified fellowship-trained in pain and pain management. Our team can help patients dealing with back, neck, and spinal pain and injuries via our various treatment plans available. Feel free to get in touch with us to find out how we can help address the impacts of your spinal cord injury.
Is the spinal cord treatment invasive?
This depends on the approach being used. Keep in mind that there is no proven treatment to reverse the damage to the spinal cord, so treatments, in this regard, mean interventions used either in the acute care setting, or as an experimental therapy in the rehabilitation period.