The immediate treatment a patient receives following a spinal cord injury can have a significant outcome on long-term effects. In many cases, bed rest is a part of early treatment of spinal cord injury.
Effects of bed rest
Because early treatment of spinal cord injury is focused on stabilizing the spine, bed rest is often an important part of that treatment. Because the bones of the spine bear the most weight of the body, bed rest allows the bones of the spine to heal properly, increasing the odds of a better long-term outcome. In many cases the spine is completely immobilized during bed rest.
Recovery after bed rest
Recovery is dependent upon the severity of the injury, as well as how quickly treatment was sought. In injuries that require traction or immobilization in order for the spine to heal, bed rest will most likely improve the long-term prognosis to some degree.