Adapting to Life with a Spinal Cord Injury
A spinal cord injury can have a profound impact on your physical and emotional well-being. You may experience a range of physical and emotional challenges, but there are a number of things you can do to cope with the challenges and live a full and meaningful life.
A spinal cord injury can cause paralysis, sensory loss, pain, fatigue, difficulty with mobility, and bowel and bladder incontinence.
Emotional and Psychological Challenges
A spinal cord injury can also cause grief, anger, anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Coping with the Challenges
There are a number of things you can do to cope with the challenges of living with a spinal cord injury. These include:
- Seeking support from family, friends, and professionals.
- Participating in support groups.
- Learning about your injury and how to manage it.
- Setting realistic goals.
- Not giving up.
Adapting Your Home
If you have a spinal cord injury, you may need to make some changes to your home to make it more accessible. These changes may include:
- Installing ramps.
- Widening doorways.
- Making modifications to your kitchen and bathroom.
- Installing grab bars.
- Getting a wheelchair or other mobility device.
Returning to Work
Many people with spinal cord injuries are able to return to work. If you are interested in returning to work, there are a number of resources available to help you find a job that is suited to your abilities. These resources include:
- The Department of Labor
- Vocational rehabilitation agencies
- Job placement agencies
Living with a spinal cord injury can be a challenge, but it is possible to live a full and meaningful life. With the right support, you can overcome the challenges and achieve your goals.