Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injury can result from either traumatic or non-traumatic changes such as tumour, infarct (lack of blood supply), infection or severe structural changes around the spinal canal.
The American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) uses a standardised scale to determine the lowest level that has full normal function. If someone is a C7 quadriplegia, it means that someone has full feeling and movement associated with that level of nerve supply and above.
Spinal cord injury can be classified as complete or incomplete. Complete injuries result in complete paralysis below their level of injury. Incomplete means there is either some preserved sensation or movement in the lower parts of the body.
Common issues are
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