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Can paralysis impact life expectancy?

On Behalf of | Dec 22, 2021 | Blog, Personal Injury |

A severe accident can result in paralysis that can reduce your mobility and lower your independence. Living a more sedentary lifestyle can trigger other health conditions that could impact your life expectancy.

Despite the unexpected changes in your life, taking control of your situation may reduce the repercussions of your physical state. Your vigilance may substantially improve your quality of life and lengthen your life expectancy.

Setting goals

Work with your medical team to assess the extent of your recovery. Having an honest understanding of the point where your recovery will peak can help you set realistic goals. Setting goals for your healing and physical improvement may motivate you to push through the pain and emotional setbacks to achieve optimal recovery.

Taking control of your future and determining what you do with your life can give you purpose. This purpose can give you a reason to enjoy every moment. Working towards goals can keep your brain active. With the implementation of goal setting, it is less likely that your paralysis will take over your life.

Staying active

While not as easy as it once was, staying active can substantially reduce the chances of developing diseases and conditions related to a sedentary lifestyle. According to Science Daily, 94% of patients with spinal cord injuries reported experiencing chronic pain. You may find that consistent movement and rehabilitative therapies aid in your ability to manage your pain. Staying active may also support your heart, lungs, brain and circulation.

There is no doubt that coping with paralysis requires patience and adaptation. However, your ability to stay optimistic and hold fast to your goals for the future can aid in your ability to overcome limitations.