Health and Safety Concerns After a Spinal Cord Injury

Life after a spinal cord injury often changes drastically for the person who experienced the injury, as well as for the family, caregivers and loved ones. Loss of mobility changes how one lives their life, and it also changes how nutrition, health and safety should be approached. 

Post-Spinal Cord Injury Health Issues

Autonomic Dysreflexia

Autonomic dysreflexia is a serious condition that can happen when a spinal cord injury occurs at T-6 or above. Blood pressure may rise to dangerous levels if left uncontrolled.

Bladder Care

The bladder may no longer work in the same way it did before a spinal cord injury. Urinary problems may occur depending on the type of spinal cord injury.

Bowel Care

The bowels may no longer work like they did before a spinal cord injury. Problems with the bowels depend on the type of spinal cord injury.

Safety Issues

Personal safety is a primary concern for those who have decreased or lost mobility. It is critical that independence is promoted in a safe, hazard-free environment.

Skin Care

Skin is the largest organ of the body, and it requires special attention and care after a spinal cord injury. The lack of body movement has many effects on the skin, so it is important to learn how to care for your skin.

Trouble Swallowing

There are three stages to the swallowing process in which dysphagia – a medical term for a swallowing disorder – can occur. It is important to become familiar with the symptoms and causes.


Other Health and Safety Concerns After a Spinal Cord Injury

Other health and safety issues may occur after a spinal cord injury. Coping and adjustment to a spinal cord injury can be an emotional process for you and your loved ones. It is important to know who can provide help, support and assistance.

Nutritional needs may also change, so it is important to talk with your healthcare provider about a healthy, balanced diet.Additional safety concerns may involve proper use and care of mobility equipment, such as a wheelchair. 

Visit MyShepherdConnection.org for more information on safety and health after a spinal cord injury.