Paraplegia : Spinal Cord Injury
By: Kaycie Howerton
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.
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