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Quadriplegia also known as tetraplegia is paralysis of the lower limbs, upper limbs, torso and pelvic organs. Patients usually loose both sensation and control in the affected areas of the body. Injuries above the C-4 level may require a ventilator or electrical implant for the person to breathe. The condition can be caused by illness or injury to the spinal cord or brain. Affected patients have major sensory and motor deficits, so the immediate goal of treatment is to prevent complications and maintain the integrity of the body system.
Typical causes of tetraplegia include:
The degree of recovery each patient will achieve depends greatly by the quality of care received and the individual motivation of each patient. Treatment must begin immediately after injury; the patient must be immobilized and transported to a hospital. Drugs to reduce inflammation should be administered as soon as possible to prevent further nerve damage. If surgery is required, it has to be performed within 8 hours after injury. Once the patient is stabilized, care and treatment focuses on supportive care and rehabilitation. Rehabilitation often includes:
During physical therapy mechanical devices can be used to compensate for the loss of muscular function. A physiotherapy program can facilitate the restoration of muscle strength, flexibility, improve mobility, coordination, and maintain body functions through exercise.
No matter what the final outcome of the injury will be, there is no doubt that victims and their families face a highly demanding period. Medical costs can be overwhelming, including long term medical care. Besides physical and emotional pain patients will be unable to work and will need long term assistance from a family member or registered nurse. They will have to make complex life style changes and modify their apartments for wheelchair access.
If all this physical, emotional and financial damage was the result of an accident occurring from someone's negligence, victims or their families are advised to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The lawyers of the Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary have the necessary experience and skill to handle such complex cases, compassionately defending the rights of their clients.
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