How will your life change after a spinal cord injury?


The brutal impact of a severe car accident in Alabama can cause a range of spinal injuries. Because of the central location of your spine and its relation to many important bodily functions, even a minor spinal injury can have life-changing consequences.

Knowing some of the ways that your life may change as the result of a spinal injury may help you prepare for your future. With the support of others and resources customized to your needs, you may still find ways to optimize your mobility even with newfound limitations.

Physical challenges

Depending on where and how your body sustained an injury, the resulting diagnosis could be as severe as paraplegia or something less serious such as anterior cord syndrome. The Mayo Clinic reports that a number of bodily functions may suffer impairment as a result of your injury. These may include some of the following:

  • Loss of sensation in your skin to help you identify hot, cold or pressure
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Lack of control over your bladder and bowels
  • Loss of sexual function
  • Impaired circulatory control such as swelling

Emotional challenges

Adapting to your spinal cord injury will take time and patience. You may notice changes in your personal relationships as roles and routines shift. You may need to temporarily leave your job or find alternative employment if your limitations prevent you from resuming your job.

As a result of the aforementioned changes, you may experience depression, anxiety or PTSD, especially when you realize you cannot do everything you were able to do prior to your injury. Maintaining open communication with your health care team and your caregivers can help you to communicate your needs and concerns as you begin to recreate your future.