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Most of the focus on injuries involving veterans centers on injuries that are sustained as a direct result of being involved in combat. These include blast-related brain injuries, amputations, genital injuries and other injuries that veterans are exposed to when they are in a combat zone. However, veterans may suffer a whole host of other medical and health complications, and the full range of these complications is only now being explored.
For instance, veterans who return home finding that their hormones that have been completely thrown out of balance because of the stress that they have been under during combat. Blast-related injuries are not the only head injuries that veterans suffer. During the course of combat, jumping from elevations may result in falls resulting in injuries with symptoms that are different from the blast-related head injuries that receive the most attention.
Veterans, who were in situations where they had to inhale heavy smoke, find that their lungs are weaker after they return home. Their bodies have been under severe stress and strain as a result of running around with heavy armor, resulting in long-term spinal injuries. Many veterans return home with hearing loss as a result of the constant exposure to blasts.
Such injuries are not typically considered injuries like those that result from an enemy attack, blast and explosion. Therefore these vets are not feted for their bravery, and are not awarded Purple Hearts. Even more importantly, they do not even feature in the official list of veterans wounded in combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan.
However, that doesn't change the fact that these veterans’ injuries have permanent and possibly long-term consequences. The range and scope of these non-hostile injuries is only now beginning to become clear, and as the months pass, and as many veterans return from combat and resume their lives, we will be able to fully explore and understand the full scope of the impact of the wars on veteran health.
According to the results of a new study, veterans who suffer from combat-related brain injuries may suffer from the effects of such injuries, even years later.
According to the research conducted by researchers at St Louis University, veterans who suffer from such blast-related injuries, show changes in brain tissue that are discernible, even years after the blast.The researchers looked at brain imaging scans taken with diffusion tensor imaging technology, which is a highly sensitive magnetic resonance imaging technology. They found that the brains of military personnel, who had suffered combat-related injuries, continued to show damage even years after the injury had occurred.
These long-lasting effects of brain injury are seen only among veterans. Among civilians who suffer brain injuries, several effects of the injuries like concussions or cognitive problems, typically disappear within one to 3 months after the injury. The impact of the injury seems to be much longer among military personnel. According to the researchers, these long-term effects have only now come to light, because the conventional scans that are currently used to study combat-related brain injuries among veterans are not sensitive enough to pick up minute changes in brain matter.
California veterans’ disability benefits lawyers believe that there are other reasons why veterans have a much higher risk of long-term effects of brain injuries, compared to civilians. For instance, veterans are much more likely to suffer from health issues like depression, which could exacerbate the effects of a brain injury. Besides, veterans are much more likely to experiment with alcohol or drug use, upon return from combat duty. It is also a fact that veterans who suffer from combat-related brain injuries are much more likely to also suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, which could also possibly affect the functioning of the brain.
The recent Boston Marathon attacks are believed to have resulted in several amputation injuries. However, for these victims, life with a prosthetic device is likely to be much easier, than has been the case in the past.
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have contributed to tremendous advances in prosthetics technology, and today, veterans, as well as civilians, have access to prosthetics that are not only easy to wear, more comfortable and more effective, but also contribute to more natural walking.
Not only that, modern prosthetics also enable users to run, jump and climb with their artificial limbs. Performing such activities with the use of a prosthetic limb was unthinkable just a few decades ago. These days however, it’s fairly common to find amputees fitted with artificial limbs participating in a number of outdoor activities and sports.
Many prosthetic limbs also now make use of artificial intelligence to increase the effectiveness of the limb, and efficiency of movement, taking prosthetic technology one step further. Artificial limbs nowadays are waterproof, dust proof and corrosion-free.
What is also very encouraging for California veterans’ benefits lawyers is the wide range of prosthetic limbs that are currently available. There isn't a one-size-fits-all limb that veteran amputees can choose. There are limbs that may be suited to you depending on your requirement and your lifestyle.
Prosthetic limbs can be expensive, but it's not necessary that the most expensive device is the one that is most suited to you. Not everybody needs a high-tech expensive device with sophisticated top-of-the-line features of the kind that a marathon runner might need. It's important to discuss prosthetic limbs with your doctor before you decide on a suitable prosthetic device for you
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