Paraplegia : Spinal Cord Injury

By: Kaycie Howerton

Paraplegic

due to a spinal cord injury results in an impairment in motor or sensory function of the lower half of the body. The condition occurs due to damage to the cellular structure of the spinal cord within the spinal canal. The area of the spinal cord which is affected in paraplegia is either the thoracic, lumbar, or sacral regions of the spinal column. If the arms are also affected by paralysis, quadriplegia/tetraplegia is the correct terminology.

Incurable Injury

Rehabilitation, medications, and medical devices allow many people with spinal cord injuries to lead productive, independent lives.


This injury can not be spread nor can anyone get it. It says it could be inherited but most of the time is not, just depends on what spin God gave you.

Rare Case- less than 200,000 cases in the US per year

Signs and Symptoms

If you were paraplegic your best chance of care would be a my Mayo Clinic because they have the best doctors for spinal injuries.

At first you have difficulties feeling your toes and numbness of the skin then it gradually gets worse. Or a car wreck or anything like that, that could cause damage to the spin.

Muscular: muscle weakness, weakness of the lower extremity, loss of muscle, stiff muscles, or muscle spasms

Sensory: reduced sensation of touch or uncomfortable tingling and burning

Urinary: leaking of urine or urinary retention

Jacob from West Palm Beach, FL

When Jacob was 16 years old, him and his buddy were driving home from school and were in a car wreck and smashed Jacobs whole side of the car. He was then rushed to the hospital where after many surgeries found out that in the wreck it smashed in spin and made in paraplegic. He overcame what life threw at him and went back to high school and graduated with his class, got his degree in business, started a business called "How iRoll sports" for people like him and bought a house by himself to prove that he could do it even though he was in a wheelchair.