Almost 300,000 people in this country live with spinal cord injuries, and nearly 18,000 newly injured people are added to that list every year.
The complications for any spinal cord injury victim are virtually endless, but there’s one thing that experts say will help these victims thrive rather than just survive: Resilience.
What does resilience do for you when you have a spinal cord injury?
When you have a spinal cord injury, you’re more prone to catastrophic medical events. Bedsores, pneumonia, bladder infections, sepsis and more are all hazards brought on by the lack of mobility — and any small mistake with your health care can be fatal. That’s why those with spinal cord injuries are up to five times as likely to die early.
However, researchers indicate that those spinal cord injury victims who do well after their injuries tend to have certain things in common:
- They nurture healthy relationships with other people, so they are not isolated socially, emotionally or physically
- They tend to be proactive about their health and well-being and stay informed about new treatment options and therapies for their condition
- They are often employed — or, at least, active — in ways that they find professionally or personally fulfilling (or both) despite their injuries
Resilience may be something that some people are born with — but many think it can be developed. For anybody with a serious spinal cord injury, counseling and emotional re-training can be indispensable when it comes to improving their quality of life (and preserving it).
There’s no question that spinal cord injuries are incredibly expensive. If you’ve been injured or your loved one was a victim of negligence that left them hurt, find out more about your legal options.