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Suffering injuries to the spinal cord in West Virginia can understandably be both physically and emotionally debilitating. Following a car accident or another type of accident leading to spinal cord injuries, an individual may struggle to operate independently and may also suffer from pain. Regarding pain, a recent study indicated that spinal cord injury patients’ pain management should be based on their pain levels and subtypes.

The study involved people who had suffered spinal cord injuries and had experienced pain for six or more months. In addition, these individuals had chronic pain that was moderate or severe. Three subgroups emerged from the analysis — those with high, moderate and low pain.

Those with high levels of pain had to use pain medication along with self-remedies and several coping strategies. Unfortunately, they generally found it difficult to communicate their pain in an adequate manner. Meanwhile, those in the moderate group could function in spite of their pain. Finally, those in the low-pain subgroup did not use as much medication as those in the high-pain group did, as they were often concerned about addiction and adverse events.

Spinal cord injuries can certainly have a negative impact on a person’s quality of life in West Virginia. However, if the person was hurt in a car accident or other incident resulting from another party’s negligence, the injured party has the option of filing a personal injury claim against the reportedly at-fault party, seeking damages. A successfully fought suit cannot undo the events leading to a person’s spinal cord injuries, but it can help the injury victim to more easily move forward from the accident.