Spinal cord injuries involve any trauma or damage to the spinal cord, including the nerve endings at the base of the spine. A person might sustain a spinal cord injury in a car accident or slip and fall, while another person might develop a spine-related injury as a result of a disease, such as cancer or osteoporosis.
If you are suffering from a spinal cord injury or another type of back injury, our Coral Springs chiropractors can treat your condition through evidence-based practices. At Specific Care Chiropractic, we can help you reduce pain and inflammation through our spine injury treatment in Coral Springs while improving your mobility and function.
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Complete vs Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury
A spinal cord injury can affect a person both completely or partially. In short, spinal cord injuries can be categorized as:
Complete spinal injuries involve total paralysis below the injury location. Depending on where the injury occurred in the spinal cord, these injuries can include quadriplegia (paralysis below the neck, affecting all four limbs) or paraplegia (paralysis on the lower half of the body).
Incomplete spinal injuries may affect one part of the body or both sides, but the brain is still able to communicate with certain parts of the body for mobility and functional purposes.
The type of spinal cord injury you have will affect how much treatment you might need and the goals you can achieve. A physician from our team will discuss these aspects of your treatment with you after doing diagnostic tests to assess the severity of your condition.
We Offer Quality Spine Injury Treatment in Coral Springs
Our Coral Springs-based chiropractors offer different types of therapies to our patients, which can be divided into two categories:
In chiropractic medicine, spinal manipulation involves performing quick, forceful thrusts to adjust the spinal cord into proper alignment. There are different techniques for chiropractic adjustments, depending on which areas of the spinal cord need adjusting and the type of pain the patient is feeling.
At Specific Care Chiropractic, we practice the following techniques:
- Seated diversified
- Side posture
- Thompson Drop-Table Technique
- Sacral-occipital technique (SOT)
- Toggle recoil
- Extremity manipulation
Our physicians will also perform corrective care as they monitor your progression throughout your rehabilitation. Before any session, a physician will explain the techniques that will be part of your treatment plan and their purpose. You will also learn what to expect throughout your recovery, such as flare-ups, and how we will handle those stages.
Physiotherapy for Spinal Injuries
In 2019, Spinal Cord released a report that found that patients showed increased levels of muscle strength when participating in physiotherapy as part of their spinal cord injury treatment. Physical therapy for people with spinal cord injuries can also help prevent joint contractures and stiffness, according to a 2015 study published in the World Journal of Orthopedics.
At Specific Care Chiropractic, we offer the following types of physiotherapies to help our patients increase muscle strength and mobility:
- Stretching and strengthening exercises
- Rehabilitation therapy in our Rehab Room
- Massage therapy
- Electrical muscle stimulation (E-STIM) therapy
- Ultrasound therapy
- Corrective care
Rehabilitation for a Spinal Injury Involves Four Separate Stages
Rehabilitation for spine-related injuries is often long and requires patience, whether your injury is complete or incomplete. We understand that you may go through periods where you feel like no progress is being made, but this is part of the recovery process.
In fact, rehabilitation is often broken down into four main stages:
During this stage, our physicians will immediately focus on relieving your pain and other negative symptoms as much as possible. We will perform chiropractic adjustments, train you with physical exercises, and use massage therapy to reduce nerve irritation and increase spinal mobility.
The rehab phase can be the longest stage, as it involves corrective care while the body regains mobility. Patients often experience flare-ups of pain or inflammation, which we will use corrective care to address. As we learn about your body, we will utilize different exercises and massage therapy for treatment.
As your body strengthens, you will get to a point where we can begin to be more aggressive in our treatment approach and start helping your muscles grow. We may add weights to your exercises or use deep tissue massage techniques during your sessions.
Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI) Phase
Maximum medical improvement (MMI) is a medical standard that varies on the limitations of the patient’s injury. In general, you reach MMI when you have received enough medical treatment to allow you to resume regular activity or function independently.
Our Coral Springs Chiropractors Can Work With Your Personal Injury Lawyer
If you sustained your spinal cord injury in an accident that another party caused, you may be entitled to pursue compensation to cover the costs of your medical treatment, income loss, pain and suffering, and other related damages.
Common accidents that may entitle plaintiffs to file a personal injury case include:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Slip and fall or trip and fall accidents
- Construction accidents
- Gunshot-related incidents, such as hunting accidents
- Sports-related accidents, such as horseback riding
If you are looking for an attorney to represent your case, our team at Specific Care Chiropractic may be able to refer you to someone in our network. We often help patients by transferring relevant medical information that can support their cases.
Information We Can Provide
First, we will need you to sign a medical release form to give your attorney permission to access your medical files and other information. You can put your injury lawyer’s information down when filling out your health information forms during your first visit.
Some examples of information we can provide for your case include:
- The severity level of your spinal cord injury
- Where the spinal cord injury is located and whether it affects nerves surrounding the area
- The likelihood of you being able to totally recover from your spinal injury
- How much treatment you will need to reach maximum medical improvement (MMI)
- The cost of your treatment at our facility, including future treatment costs
- Whether you require additional medical devices for your treatment and those costs
This information may also serve as testimony for your case.
Call Specific Care Chiropractic to Schedule an Appointment
If you recently sustained a spinal cord injury in an accident or due to work-related conditions, get chiropractic treatment at Specific Care Chiropractic. We offer spine injury treatment in Coral Springs and other areas throughout Florida, and we would love to help you reach physical recovery.
You can learn more about our treatments during your visit. Call (239)369-9109 to schedule your appointment today.