Wheel Life: Coping With Spinal Injury

When you’re breezing through life with your career, social life and planning your next fun run, you don’t really give a second thought to thanking your body for everything that it’s doing for you. Our bodies are often beaten and stressed and strained, and we don’t stop for a moment to think about the pressure that we put on it while we’re keeping calm and carrying on. Life gets stressful, but when you’re oblivious to dangers around you and then suddenly can’t use some of your body anymore, you can’t keep calm and you can barely carry on.

Spinal injury is not something to be trifled with and it’s not something to be brushed aside. It can happen to anyone; even the most active person could find themselves in a crash in their car or falling from a height. If these things happen, you could face a life with a permanent spinal injury, which can have a huge impact on the way that you live, where you live and even with whom you live. Speaking to Berkmyer.com can give you some help with the insurance claims after a crash and speaking to your hospital and surgical team can give you the help you’d need with rehabilitation. There are things that you can do to keep life moving forward after an injury, but you have to be willing to do them and work hard on them. Below, we’ve got some of those tips for you:

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Routine. When your life gets thrown a curveball and you need round the clock rehabilitation for some time, you get into a routine. Nurses and physiotherapists, alongside your family and your friends, can help you to put together a schedule for every day. It’s so important to realise that a schedule keeps you from being able to sink into a depression, as you have a structure that you can depend on to keep yourself motivated to get well.

Exercise. You may have a spinal injury, but it’s not an excuse for being lazy. You need to continue exercising the best that you can and eating well so that you can keep your spine and the rest of your body supported. When your life is in a wheelchair, gaining weight becomes very easy. You need to work on avoiding this so that your weight remains stable and healthy, supporting your recovery.

Hobbies. If you don’t want to – or are unable to – go back to work following an injury, you need to have a think about the things that you like to do in your spare time. If your old hobbies were extremely active which are not a possibility anymore, then you should think about creating some new interests. You can keep your brain busy and interests piqued.

Coping with the wheel life is going to be different to what you’ve been used to but it’s not impossible. Take your time to work out your next steps and us every angle for rehabilitation that’s possible.

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