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A spinal cord injury can lead to blood clots

If you've suffered a spinal cord injury in Illinois, it's very important to understand that there are a handful of secondary health issues that could crop up, all in relation to that injury. Even if you've been treated and your spine is healing correctly, these issues may occur, putting you back in the hospital. One of the most common ones to look out for is a blood clot.

Typically, you're going to see blood clots fairly soon in the wake of the injury, as in the next couple of months. However, they can also be an issue if you become ill at any point after suffering the SCI.

Blood clots often form because of a simple lack of movement. If the SCI has negatively impacted your ability to move your legs, for instance, perhaps even rendering you paralyzed, these can be hard to avoid. Additionally, excessive bed rest has been linked to a higher risk of blood clots, so the recovery time itself can be fairly dangerous.

There are devices that can be used to lower the risk of blood clots. For instance, compression devices can increase pressure and thereby keep blood flowing properly, even when you're not moving and exercising as much as you once did. At times, a doctor may even tell you to use blood thinners, though these are typically seen as something of a last resort since they do have a few negative side effects of their own.

When you see the aftereffects of your SCI, it's important to note that you may be able to seek compensation for these bills as well, as long as they were directly caused by that initial injury.

Source: Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, "What are the secondary issues related to SCI that might impact my health?," accessed July 10, 2015

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