Sometimes, you get hurt, and the injury is relatively small; you’re sore for a few days, but then you are back up and running and resuming your normal life. Sometimes, you aren’t that lucky.
Serious injuries can have a major impact on your life, including your ability to live in comfort, to function independently, and to make major financial decisions. Here’s a look at three types of injuries and the serious impact they can have on your life.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries affect people differently depending on the type and severity of the injury. They can cause physical, cognitive, communication, and emotional side effects.
They usually involve a blow to the head, and they can leave a permanent disability in their wake. Sometimes, that injury is something that can be worked around with relative ease. Other times, it is a permanent handicap that makes it difficult for the affected individual to function independently or ever work again.
Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, should be taken very seriously. If a TBI is suspected, care should be sought immediately. Immediate treatment is critical to limiting the damage.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can leave a permanent physical handicap and make it difficult, if not impossible, for someone to ever move on his or her own again.
This damage involves an injury to the spine, which is the conduit by which all commands to move travel. Unfortunately, rehabilitation from these injuries is extraordinarily difficult, and individuals who suffer from them often never regain complete function.
These are among the most painful and debilitating types of injuries that one can suffer because they involve the loss of a limb. Unfortunately, approximately 185,000 amputations occur in the United States each year.
Thankfully, advances in prosthetics and physical rehabilitation have made amputation injuries easier to live with. The loss of a more minor limb, like a finger or a toe, often involves some form of rehabilitation. Loss of more important limbs, like an arm or a leg, will usually require a prosthetic and extensive rehabilitation. However, with the right kind of care, it is very possible to live a normal life.
Unfortunately, serious injuries are often painful, expensive, and debilitating. The right type of care and physical, emotional, and social support are critical to the well-being of people who suffer, and, thankfully, there are plenty of agencies that are able to fulfill these needs.
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