About 17,000 new cases involving spinal cord injuries (SCIs) occur in the United States per year, according to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS). This type of injury occurs when an individual suffers trauma to the spinal cord, such as in a car accident. Alternatively, certain illnesses can result in spinal cord damage, such as bone density loss in the spine caused by osteoporosis.
If you or a loved one sustained a spinal cord injury in Deerfield Beach, our chiropractors at Specific Care Chiropractic want to help you start your recovery. You can receive Deerfield Beach spine injury treatment at our facility to reduce symptoms like chronic pain, inflammation, and spinal rigidity.
We Can Build a Treatment Plan Based on the Type of Spinal Cord Injury You Have
When you first come to our office, we will assess the extent of the damage to your spinal cord. Spinal cord injuries are generally categorized as complete or incomplete, which is based on whether you have total paralysis below the injury location or if you suffered nerve damage that affects specific portions of your body.
What Is the Difference Between a Complete and Incomplete SCI?
Patients with complete spinal cord injuries suffer severe spinal cord damage that disrupts communication between the brain and spinal cord nervous system. Depending on whether the trauma occurred, patients may lose functional abilities in some or all of their limbs. These injuries may include:
- Quadriplegia: The patient is paralyzed below the neck, meaning they cannot move any of their limbs.
- Paraplegia: The patient is paralyzed from the waist down, meaning they cannot move their legs or lower half of their body.
Patients with incomplete spinal cord injuries may still retain some neural communication with their spinal cords, allowing partial mobility. For example, patients with incomplete SCIs may lose functionality in the left side of their body but still be able to use their right arm and leg. Other incomplete SCIs can include spinal concussions, which are common among sports athletes, and spinal cord contusions.
We Apply Chiropractic Adjustments to Manage Patients’ Spinal Pain
Chiropractic adjustments, also referred to as spinal manipulation, involve using techniques to bring the spinal cord back into alignment. Chiropractors apply targeted pressure in the spinal cord area to manipulate vertebrae into proper position, which can relieve pain and restore mobility.
At Specific Care Chiropractic, our chiropractors practice these adjustment techniques:
- Thompson Drop-Table Technique
- Sacral-occipital technique (SOT)
- Extremity manipulation
- Seated diversified
- Toggle recoil
- Side posture
A case study reported in Medicine (Baltimore) found that patients who suffered incomplete SCIs could restore functionality after undergoing chiropractic treatment and physical therapy. Patients were able to transition from the bed to a wheelchair and regain the ability to dress their upper bodies.
Should you decide to receive chiropractic care, we will tailor a treatment plan to meet your physical needs and be transparent in the length of time for your projected recovery.
Physiotherapy Can Serve as a Supplement Treatment to Chiropractic Care
At Specific Care Chiropractic, we also provide physiotherapy (also referred to as physical therapy) to our patients to help them restore musculoskeletal flexibility and mobility in their bodies. This may mean learning how to walk again or regaining back muscle strength to be able to bend and twist normally.
As part of your treatment plan, we may prescribe the following physiotherapies to nurture your healing:
- Corrective care
- Ultrasound therapy
- Massage therapy
- Stretching and strengthening exercise therapy
- Electrical muscle stimulation (E-STIM) therapy
- Rehabilitation therapy
By nurturing your healing process, our physicians can teach you exercise and pain management techniques that you can practice on your own at home. Your treatment sessions will involve monitoring your progress and adapting to any obstacles you face during rehabilitation.
Physiotherapy Has Shown Promising Results in Case Studies
A 2015 report in the World Journal of Orthopedics found that patients who received physiotherapy early on as part of their spinal cord injury treatment plan were able to prevent joint contractures and stiffness. Patients were also able to reduce bone density loss and regain normal functions in their respiratory and digestive systems.
Additionally, a 2019 report by Spinal Cord found that SCI patients were able to regain muscle strength after consistent physiotherapy interventions. Patients underwent 26 sessions involving resistance training and E-STIM therapy, which allowed them to build strength over time.
Got Into a Deerfield Beach Accident? Our Facility Can Provide Evidence
Because spinal cord injuries stem from physical trauma to the spinal cord, your injury may have resulted from an accident such as:
- Motor vehicle accident
- Sports accident
- Work-related accident
- Construction accident
- Gunshot-related accident
- Slip and fall accident
If you or a loved one was involved in a Deerfield Beach accident that resulted in a spinal cord injury, you may have grounds to file a claim or lawsuit against a liable party. Our facility can provide medical-related evidence to support your case. We will cooperate with your attorney and provide any information necessary once you sign a release form.
What Kinds of Information Can You Provide a Personal Injury Attorney?
- If you are pursuing compensation in a personal injury case, we can provide the following medical-related information:
- The grade level of your spinal cord injury, which shows the severity of your injury
- X-rays and other scanned images of your injury to pinpoint its exact location and damage
- Testimony on how long your treatment might take to reach maximum medical improvement (MMI) and whether full recovery is possible
- Current and potential invoices for your medical treatment
- Whether you are likely to experience other obstacles during your treatment, which could affect your ability to recover
If you require other medical information, we can review your request and see how we may be able to accommodate you.
Schedule Your Deerfield Beach Spine Injury Treatment Appointment
If you or a loved one suffered a spinal injury and now need treatment to begin healing from it, feel free to visit Specific Care Chiropractic for an appointment. We treat people with various musculoskeletal injuries, so we can develop a treatment plan that caters to your needs and progress pace. We guide patients throughout their recovery so that they are able to achieve maximum medical improvement and return to regular activities in their lives.