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Studies Prove That Long-Term Rehab Improves Patient’s Health and Function

Despite the advances in stem cell research and other cures being explored by scientists to help patients that have suffered spinal cord injuries, rehabilitation therapy continues to be (and is likely to continue being) a very effective way to help those affected by these injuries regain some kind of normalcy in their daily lives and improve their overall health.

According to news-medical.net, a series of recently published studies provide both scientific as well as clinical evidence that common locomotor training, exercise and wellness activities for patients with full or partial spinal cord injuries help improve their recovery chances.

Doctor Sue Ann Sisto, PT, MA, PHD Professor of Physical Therapy, Research Director, Division of Rehabilitation Sciences, Director of the Rehabilitation Research and Movement Performance (RRAMP) Laboratory, Stony Brook University School of Health Technology and Management (SHTM), and Co-Director of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network (NRN), says that the studies, published in the September, 2012 issue of the Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation suggest that a shift in both protocol and policy is needed at rehabilitation centers across the nation to advance and standardize rehabilitation care for patients with spinal cord injuries.

Not Only Motor Function, But Overall Health Improvement

While most research results concentrate on the rehabilitation of the patients’ motor function and overall improvements in their daily activities, some others evaluate things like how an incomplete spinal cord injury affects a patient’s cardiovascular system. Such study concluded that the individual’s resting blood pressure and heart rate are affected by body position, age and neurological level. The same study observed a drop in the blood pressure of one-fifth of the patients by merely changing their position from lying in bed to sitting in a wheelchair. Doctor Sisto sees these results as indicative of how rehabilitation centers must change their protocols to include clinical screening to check for patients with cardiovascular dysfunction.

All these studies were performed at the NeuroRecovery Network (NRN) Centers. These centers have been established and funded by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The results of their scientific discoveries are incorporated into activity-based protocols for rehabilitation therapies that help individuals with spinal cord injuries all over the nation. Unfortunately, despite the contribution of these protocols, the implementation of these therapeutic techniques is expensive. Yet, the lawyers of Greenberg Stone and Urbano may be able to help accident victims in need of therapy recover the money they need for this purpose.

The Lawyers of Greenberg Stone and Urbano Can Help

If you or a loved one have suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of a car accident, a motorcycle accident, a tractor-trailer accident, an accident at an amusement park or any other kind of accident, you should immediately contact a law firm experienced in handling these cases. The lawyers at Greenberg Stone and Urbano have more than 75 years of combined experience helping victims of spinal cord injuries resulting from car accidents, motorcycle accidents, tractor-trailer accidents, accidents at amusement parks or any other kind of accident caused by someone else’s negligence recover the compensation that may be owed to them.

Throughout the years, the Miami Dade County Car Accidents Law Offices of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, have represented many clients involved in serious motor vehicle accidents that have caused spinal cord injuries.

Please visit our website to learn more about our firm and contact us today for a free consultation.

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