Spinal Cord Injury in Teenagers
A life-changing injury can have a huge impact on not only the individual but on the lives of their family and friends. This is especially true for spinal cord injury in teenagers. The team at Aspire Law know just how devastating such injuries can be for the teenager involved, and for their loved ones.
Time to Adjust
The physical and emotional impact of a spinal cord injury in a teenager is life-changing. And this will most certainly have a knock-on effect on their family and friends. For many teenagers, dealing with such changes post-injury can be extremely tough. As a teen, you are already coping with the natural changes that occur as you move from child to adult, but knowing that there are now much bigger hurdles to overcome will make life even more complex.
That’s why it’s of paramount importance that both the individual and their loved ones take the time to deal with these feelings and to adjust to the changes in all of their lives. Surgery and physical therapy may be essential to helping rebuild the physical aspect of the teenagers’ life, but the emotional side must also be addressed.
Aspire Law are here to help their clients get the very best advice and care in order to help that adjustment process.
A lifetime of goals and dreams can often become clouded with anger and grief as everyone involved tries to adapt to the changes that a spinal cord injury have caused. Creating new goals is vital to helping adjust and to focus on the future in a positive way. This may mean speaking with the teenagers’ school or college to see how soon they can get back into class and how ongoing therapy can fit around their timetable. It may also mean trying new experiences and classes that aid rehabilitation.
It’s Good to Talk
Talking through any emotional issues or feelings will help you to deal with them quicker. You may find that relationships change and this can only add to the negative feelings that a teenager will feel. Speak to friends and teachers to make sure that everyone is aware of what’s going on and that support is never far away. Life as they know it will have changed so it’s key that there is always someone to listen to these feelings and to help them deal with them.
It may help to speak to a psychologist about such feelings to speed up the rehabilitation process further. Depression and anxiety are not uncommon in teenagers affected by spinal cord injury, and can also affect the parents of the teenager involved.
If you or someone you love has been affected by a SCI from an accident that wasn’t their fault then please get in touch with Aspire Law today. Their expert team is on hand to provide you with the advice and support you need.