When you suffer a spinal cord injury, there are a lot of unknowns that you will have to deal with. The early days of the injury are often pretty scary because you’re just learning about what type of damage your spinal cord suffered. There are several things that can have an impact on what the injury means for your life.

One of the most important things to find out as soon as you can is what category of injury you have. Spinal cord injuries are classified as complete or incomplete. This is a major distinction because incomplete injuries usually have a better chance of a better recovery than complete injuries. In an incomplete injury, there is sensation and movement, even if limited below the level of the injury. Movement and sensation are completely absent in a complete injury.

In the early days after the injury, the impacts might seem worse than what they’ll be in the long term. This is because you might go through spinal shock. When this occurs, the inflammation and a chemical reaction in the area of the damage make the effects of it more pronounced. As the spinal shock subsides, you may begin to have more function in the impacted areas.

Almost everyone who has a spinal cord injury will need to go through rehabilitation. This can be costly, as can the medical care you’ll need. If you suffered the injury because another person was negligent, you might opt to seek compensation from that party. A personal injury attorney can help explain your options and help you plan your case moving forward.