I remember lying on the edge of that mountain slope. I couldn’t move my head, my hands, my legs, nothing anymore…
Mr. Seiler on recalling the accident
With the sudden and unexpected nature of traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI), concerns and questions surrounding recovery are at the forefront of the minds of the patient and all concerned with his or her well-being.
I’m at the beginning of my second life!
Recovery of functioning in traumatic SCI depends on two critical factors: the type of injury, meaning both the severity and the etiology,1 and on timely and appropriate medical, potential surgical and rehabilitative interventions.2 Such interventions begin at the scene of accident and continue through the implementing rehabilitation.
This case study seeks to illustrate how proper and timely care contribute to optimal functioning and demonstrate the importance of rehabilitation beginning at the accident site.