Today, with improved medical care and support, the outlook for people with SCIs
is better than ever. In many cases, 1 year after the injury,
life expectancy is close to that of a person without an SCI.2
If you are planning to work, you have the same
legal rights as before your injury. People with spinal cord injuries who want
to work are legally protected from discrimination by the Americans with
Plan ahead for possible serious and
life-threatening complications. You, your family, and your doctor should
discuss what types of medical treatment you want if you have a sudden, life-threatening
problem. You may want to create an
advance directive to state your wishes if you become
unable to communicate.
This information is produced and provided by the National
Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National
Institute via the Internet web site at http://
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 12, 2014
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