Treatment of SCI
The financial costs associated with treatment of SCI can be astronomical, not to mention the emotional toll it can take on a patient and their loved ones. Because spinal cord injury often results in long term, if not permanent, disability, the costs of diagnostics, treatment, surgery, medication, devices, and comprehensive medical care can total in the millions. According to recent statistics, the average cost of an initial hospital stay following a spinal cord injury totals nearly $150,000 on average. The lifetime costs associated with spinal cord injury can enter well into the millions.
For those who are affected by spinal cord injury, these statistics-while shockingly devastating-come as no surprise. While insurance is available to assist patients and families in some cases; in others, insurance is not available or doesn't cover the full costs of treatment for an SCI. For people who have suffered spinal cord injury as a result of another party's actions or negligence, it is important to know that you have the right to recover the costs of your SCI treatment and more. Please contact us to learn more about your rights and options from a caring and competent spinal cord injury attorney. Read on to learn more about what the treatment of SCI involves.
Treatment of SCI
Unfortunately, there is currently no way to reverse the damage resulting from a spinal cord injury. While some patients are able to make some recovery and even regain lost or diminished sensation or functioning, many patients are left with permanent disability following a spinal cord injury. The good news is that researchers are working tirelessly on developing improved emergency care and aggressive treatments and rehabilitation to minimize the damage to the nervous system caused by serious spinal cord injury.
Currently spinal cord injury treatment focuses on preventing complications and further injury in patients with spinal cord injury. It also focuses on helping patients manage their condition and reach their full potential in light of their altered abilities.
Emergency Treatment for SCI
Treatment of SCI begins at the scene of an accident or injury, as emergency personnel are trained to immobilize the spine of anyone suspected to have a SCI and transport them to the hospital as safely as possible. Emergency medical treatment is vital to reducing the effects of head, neck, or back trauma.
In the emergency room, treatment for SCI focuses on:
- Maintaining or restoring a patient's breathing abilities
- Prevention of shock
- Neck immobilization
- Preventing complications such as blood clots, stool or urine retention, breathing troubles or cardiovascular problems.
Acute Treatment Phase
After a diagnosis of SCI is made, any of the following spinal cord injury treatments may be used:
- Medications. Including methylprednisolone (Medrol), which-if given within 8 hours of the accident-can mildly improve a patient's condition.
- Experimental treatments.
Long Term Treatment of SCI
Once a patient is stabilized, a patient's medical team begins to concentrate on mitigating secondary problems such as blood clots, respiratory infections, muscle problems, and more. The time a patient stays in the hospital following injury, depends on their unique condition and what complications and other medical issues they are facing. Once a patient is healthy enough to participate in certain treatments and therapies, they may go to a rehabilitation center. Here they can receive myriad types of treatment for SCI, including physical, occupational, and other therapies, psychotherapy, and much more.
If you would like to learn more about how to recover the costs of treatment for SCI, please contact our experienced attorneys for a free and confidential evaluation of your case.