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Self-care can be problematic after a spinal cord injury

Learning how to live your life again after a spinal cord injury can be rather difficult. One thing that is often hard to cope with is the limitations that you have for self-care. Nobody wants to think that they will be dependent upon other people for their basic care needs. There are some spinal injuries that might make it possible for the person to relearn self-care over time, but the journey is rather complicated.

Daily care activities, which include things like being able to feed yourself, clean yourself, and dress yourself, are coordinated activities. This means that more than one single muscle is used to accomplish the task. In many cases, occupational therapists help people who have suffered from a spinal cord injury to learn how to do these activities if the level at which the injury to the spinal cord occurred will allow for the functions that are necessary.

There are four points that people who suffered from a spinal cord injury and are trying to relearn self-care will notice. The first is that they will have to re-familiarize themselves with their new body and the way it will function. They will have to try and try again to perform the functions that they need to do. They will have to reclaim control over their bodies, which will take considerable work. They will have to overcome the uncertainty that is going to happen along the way.

Spinal cord injury rehabilitation isn't something that is fast or easy. If you suffered a spinal cord injury, you are going to need considerable medical care and other services. Seeking compensation in Ontario might put you on a path be able to afford what you need to make the best recovery possible for your unique case.

Source: The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, "The Lived Experience of Recapturing Self-Care," Susanne Guidetti, Eric Asaba, and Kerstin Tham, accessed Sep. 23, 2016

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