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Spinal Cord Injury

A spinal cord injury Damage to any part of the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal canal often causes permanent changes in strength, sensation and other body functions below the site of the injury.

Types

Complete. 

     If almost all feeling (sensory) and all ability to control movement (motor function) are lost below the spinal cord injury, your injury is called complete.


Incomplete. 

     If you have some motor or sensory function below the affected.


Paralysis from a spinal cord injury may be referred to as

Tetraplegia or quadriplegia.

  • This means your arms, hands, trunk, legs and pelvic organs are all affected by your spinal cord injury.


Paraplegia.

  • This paralysis affects all or part of the trunk, legs and pelvic organs.

Symptons

  • Loss of movement 
  • Loss of sensation, including the ability to feel heat, cold and touch 
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control 
  • Exaggerated reflex activities or spasms 
  • Changes in sexual function, sexual sensitivity and fertility 
  • Pain or an intense stinging sensation caused by damage to the nerve fibers in your spinal cord 
  • Difficulty breathing, coughing or clearing secretions from your lungs