What are the Causes and Complications of Quadriplegia?

By Cullan & Cullan on August 27, 2012 - Comments off

NE Paralysis InjuryParalysis is the loss of muscle function in part of your body, and is certainly one of the most devastating things a person can experience and can seriously impact one’s quality of life. One severe form of paralysis is quadriplegia, which is paralysis of both the arms and the legs, which can either be partial or complete. The primary cause of quadriplegia is a spinal cord injury; however, other conditions, such as a stroke or cerebral palsy, can cause a similar “appearing” paralysis. If a patient’s quadriplegia is the result of a spinal cord injury, the amount of impairment depends on the part of the spinal cord injured and the amount of damaged that occurred.

Quadriplegia may cause a number of complications for a patient, which will often need careful management. These complications can include:

  • loss of bladder and bowel control;
  • blood clots;
  • pressure sores;
  • spastic muscles;
  • respiratory problems;
  • severe pain; and
  • autonomic dysreflexia, a dangerous and potentially fatal problem.

Quadriplegia is a very severe form of paralysis, but there are treatment options available for those coping with it, all of which can offer quadriplegic patients new hope.

One such treatment option is trauma care, consisting of treatment of the spinal cord injury, or any condition that caused the condition. Rehabilitation is another viable treatment option, which primarily consists of training so a person can learn to deal with his or her new limitations. Passive physical therapy can also be given to keep a person’s muscles from atrophying. Many treatment options are being developed and are still in the experimental stage, so anyone affected by quadriplegia should speak with their physician to learn what options are available to them.

The Nebraska quadriplegia attorneys of Cullan & Cullan, LLC are also physicians, which gives us a greater understanding of the difficulties you may face after paralysis. As treatment is essential in recovery and trying to regain a sense of independence, it is important to obtain compensation from any at-fault parties who may have caused this serious and life-altering condition. Our compassionate legal team has the knowledge needed to get you the compensation you are entitled to in order to heal to the best of your ability. Please call (402) 397-7600 for a no-cost consultation.

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