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Can exercise help with spine injuries?

If you've suffered a spinal cord injury in Illinois, it's important to note that experts believe exercise can help during the rehab and healing process.

Of course, experts do note that each person's exercise plan may be a bit different, as much of it depends on the level of functionality that a person enjoys. This is linked, in turn, to the severity and location of the injury. A minor injury that is lower down in the back is going to have a very different impact on a person's motor skills than a major injury that occurs at a higher location.

The exercise program that is used should be well rounded, focusing on things like weight training and cardiovascular health. The training should be done to promote overall health and to maintain functional independence.

When taking on an exercise program, the best results are going to be seen when there is dedication and consistency. At minimum, it's important to work out three or four times per week.

An exercise program does not necessarily have to be done entirely at a special facility. Some parts can be done at home. However, when special equipment is needed or the exercise requires the assistance and supervision of a professional, working out at a facility becomes necessary. Many programs will try to balance both components.

As you can imagine, it can be tough to find the right facility, and it can be costly to pay for access to the facility and the trainer that may be needed. These are costs that you want to keep in mind if you are seeking compensation for your injuries.

Source: NCHPAD, "Spinal Cord Injury and Exercise," accessed March 11, 2016

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