Spinal Injury

Spinal Injury – How we can help you

Rehabilitation normally takes place whilst a person is in hospital and in cases of severe spinal injury, a patient may be discharged to a specialist rehabilitation facility.  Unfortunately, due to pressures on the NHS, all too often patients are discharged too early with little or no support once they arrive home.

Every spinal injury is different, depending on which part of the spinal column is damaged, so rehabilitation is assessed on a case-by-case basis.  Typical types of treatment which may be required are:

• physical therapies - work on strengthening the muscles and general motor skills.  Later in the rehabilitation, techniques may also be used to try to improve mobility or retrain the bowel and bladder.  Coping strategies may be developed for spasms and pain symptoms

• occupational therapy – focuses on ensuring the individual is able to meet certain daily living skills and regain as much independence as possible, by adapting to the home environment.  Treatment will often involve learning coping strategies to make activities of daily living easier, like showering, preparing food, getting dressed in addition to identifying equipment which might be required

• psychological therapies – typically patients suffer from low mood and depression following a spinal injury, so this is essential support for the injured person and family.  It can help prevent or cope with feelings of low mood and depression which, if left untreated, could in themselves be disabling and reduce the effect of any physical rehabilitation

• employment rehabilitation – helps someone find work with any necessary adaptations, if they are assessed as fit enough to return to work

• recreational therapy – if you are not able to go back to work, this can help you find other activities you can do to keep active and achieve social interaction.

Compensation in our view is only part of the solution.  We prioritise rehabilitation for our clients from the very outset and select the best rehabilitation providers to work with you to identify what treatment you require.  We will appoint a case manager who will be a nurse with expertise in managing spinal injury to carry out an Immediate Needs Assessment.  After this assessment, your case manager will co-ordinate your rehabilitation package and work with you and other professionals to identify what treatment you require.

The Immediate Needs Assessment will often take place in your own home and may identify areas where you need support or more help, such as:

• physiotherapy or hydrotherapy

• occupational therapy

• adapting or buying a home more suited to your needs

• adapting or buying a more suitable vehicle

• psychological therapy

• employment rehabilitation

• recreational therapy

If your assessment makes recommendations we will advise you as to how we can help you access and fund them to get the support and care that you need.

Our specialist spinal injury case managers will look after your interests to help get you all the support you need as soon as possible. 

For more advice please call 0345 111 5050 or contact us online.

 

     

 

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Brierley Hill
West Midlands, DY5 1LX

Email: law@higgsandsons.co.uk
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