Most people know about the huge benefits of exercise to our health and to prevent many major illnesses like diabetes and heart disease. Developing a good exercise routine can be challenging for a victim of a slip and fall or car accident who has suffered a spinal cord injury that causes chronic pain and limitations in his day-to-day activities. However, an exercise program designed with the assistance of a doctor or physical therapist can be extremely beneficial to his overall health and quality of life.
The Benefits of Exercise for Spinal Cord Injury Victims
After a spinal cord injury has been stabilized, a wellness routine that includes regular exercise can help a person suffering with a spinal cord injury stay well and maintain his functional abilities as much as possible. Some of the benefits he could experience include:
- Improved breathing
- Better management of chronic pain
- Increased muscle strength and flexibility
- Better circulation
- Management of weight and body composition
- Improved self-esteem and self-confidence
- Reduction in depression and anxiety
- Increased independence
- Improved immune system
- Fewer problems with constipation
- Fewer problems with secondary conditions like urinary tract infections, pressure ulcers, and respiratory infections
Why Spinal Cord Injuries Make Exercise More Difficult
A person could experience different challenges to exercising depending on what type of spinal cord injury he has suffered. However, accident victims could face these hurdles that make exercising harder:
- Low blood pressure. Many people with spinal cord injuries will experience low blood pressure when they exercise because the blood will not travel properly up from their legs. This can cause them to feel lightheaded or nauseous. Wrapping the legs to provide support and exercising slowly at first with a gradual increase in intensity can help avoid these problems.
- Temperature and heart rate. A person suffering with a spinal cord injury may find that his temperature or heart rate do not increase like they would normally when he exercises. He will need to be extra vigilant to be certain not to overdue his exercising and cause further injuries.
A good program will include aerobic exercise, muscle strengthening, and stretching. People who suffer with spinal cord injuries often need specialized classes with medical professionals to help tailor their exercises to their specific injuries and limitations. While this can be costly, the benefits to their overall health and quality of life must outweigh financial concerns.
If you suffer with a spinal cord injury, you could be entitled to compensation for the costs of your exercise program as well as your medical bills, lost wages, and emotional trauma from the business or person who caused your injury. Fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation.