Injury Attorney Richard DehnckeLegal practice emphasizes traumatic brain injury, spinal injuries, RSD, and wrongful death.
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Richard J. Dehncke

Richard J. Dehncke
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Richard Dehncke has the distinct honor of being recognized as one of Colorado’s Super Lawyers. Injury Attorney Richard Dehncke has proudly represented seriously injured persons and their families confidently, competently, and compassionately for 30 years. His legal practice emphasizes traumatic brain injury, spinal injuries, RSD, and wrongful death. A graduate of the University of Michigan and University of Denver College of Law, Mr. Dehncke has attended the prestigious Harvard Law School Center for Legal Negotiation. He is an instructor with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Memberships include the Brain Injury Association of Colorado, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, and Colorado Bar Association. He has been awarded the highest national AV rating for legal ability and ethical standards.

 


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  Spinal Cord Injury Treatment

Treatment for spinal cord injuries vary widely depending on the location and severity of the injury. At first, the spinal cord is immobilized to prevent further injury from occurring. This may include placing the head in a “halo” device to prevent the head and neck from moving, as well as a back cast or brace to prevent the back from rotating or moving in any direction. Initially, steroids are given to reduce the swelling in the spinal column and prevent pressure from building up and causing further damage.

Due to the initial trauma, there may be several bone fragments causing pressure on the spinal cord. Initial surgery may be performed to remove these fragments and decompress the spine. At this time, metal screws or pins may be placed along the spinal cord to prevent further movement of the fractured spine or a bone graft may be performed to fuse the vertebrae together. After the surgery is complete, metal weights and pulleys may be used to put the patient in “traction” while the spinal cord heals properly. The entire process can take months to be successful and even then, the extent of the damage is not always known.

Once the initial treatment is complete, the spinal cord injury patient will then need to enter a rehabilitation hospital or undergo outpatient rehab to begin the recovery process. Physical therapy and other rehabilitation practices will be performed on a routine basis to regain as much “functioning” as possible. While physical therapy aims to develop “physical” functioning, occupational therapy is begun to relearn tasks of daily living. After a significant spinal cord injury, daily tasks such as eating, dressing and brushing your teeth may need to be relearned, especially if the spinal cord injury was combined with a significant head injury.

In conjunction with physical therapy an occupational therapy, a physiotherapy program may be beneficial to restore flexibility and improve coordination. A qualified therapist may choose to use massage or hydrotherapy to increase blood flow to the affected areas and speed up healing. In addition, these therapies have been proven to reduce pain and discomfort.

Advancements in modern technology also brings a variety of experimental procedures to the table. Electronic stimulation devices and neural prostheses are designed to electrically produce actions. These are often implanted underneath the skin and attempt to replace lost motor function in patients with severe spinal cord injuries. These devices can allow patients the ability to control arm and leg muscles and even stand, reach and grip objects.

While the treatment for spinal cord injuries has come a long way, they are still life changing injuries that will affect every aspect of a victim's life. Losing even partial sensation or movement in your body can have devastating consequences and lead to a lifetime of pain and suffering. New technologies and medications are always being invented to give spinal cord patients a better quality of life.

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The Colorado Personal Injury Law Offices of Richard J. Dehncke serves all of Colorado including the residents of cities such as Denver, Aurora, Brighton, Parker, Littleton, Highlands Ranch, Westminster, Northglenn, Commerce City, Boulder, Ft. Collins, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Thornton, Arvada, Lakewood, Englewood and Centennial, as well as Arapahoe County, Douglas County, Jefferson County, Denver County, Larimer County, Weld County, and Colorado's Western Slope.
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