Many in Madison may view a spinal cord injury as akin to a life sentence of physical struggles and limitations. If you have suffered such an injury, your first thoughts may concern whether or not you’ll be able to recover, and if you are, to what degree? In general, your recovery expectations will depend upon the location where the injury occurred.
Debilitating spinal cord injuries typically occur in either the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar regions of the spine. According to John Hopkins Medicine, if your injury occurred in the lumbar or thoracic regions, the lasting results may be paraplegia. Your mobility and motor functions going forward will depend upon the level of your spine where you were injured. If it was localized to the L1-L5 region, then you may be able regain limited use of your legs. Injuries occurring at any point in the thoracic region will likely leave you wheelchair bound, but able to still care for yourself, remain employed, and participate in athletic activities.