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Can exercise help people who have spinal cord injuries?

There are a lot of different injuries that can occur when a bicyclist is struck by a motor vehicle. One of the injuries that can occur is a spinal cord injury. Oftentimes, a spinal cord injury has catastrophic effects that can impact a person's ability to live life in the same manner as he or she was prior to the accident. In some cases, a spinal cord injury can lead to paralysis or other mobility issues. Exercising might help people with spinal cord injuries to stay as healthy as possible and overcome some obstacles.

How can a person with a spinal cord injury exercise?

The extent and location of the injury determines how the person can exercise. In some cases, physical therapy and adaptive equipment can help the person to start moving. Rehabilitation centers can often help spinal cord injury patients to learn about the options they have when taking specific injuries into account.

Why should a person with a spinal cord injury exercise?

People with spinal cord injuries can reap some of the same benefits as able-bodied people who exercise. This can include a reduction in chronic conditions, such as heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes. This is especially true if the person is participating in aerobic exercises. Another benefit is that exercising can often lift the spirits and help the person to feel more active.

For some people, the cost of trying to get adaptive equipment is prohibitive. When the accident was caused by the driver of a motor vehicle, the person might choose to seek compensation to help cover the expenses associated with attempts to live a full life.

Source: Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, "Study: It's Time for More People Living with Disabilities to Get Moving for their Health," Nate Herpich, accessed July 02, 201

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