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Spinal Cord Injuries

What is Spinal Cord Injury?

It refers to damage to any part of the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal canal. There are two broad categories of spinal cord injuries:

  • Incomplete spinal cord injuries: With incomplete injuries, the cord is only partially severed, allowing the injured person to retain some function. In these cases, the degree of function depends on the extent of the injuries.
  • Complete spinal cord injuries: By contrast, complete injuries occur when the spinal cord is fully severed, eliminating function. Though, with treatment and physiotherapy, it may be possible to regain some function.

Can physiotherapy help people with spinal cord injuries?

Yes. Physiotherapy can help to retrain your brain and body. Many spinal cord injury survivors can regain significant mobility with physiotherapy.

What are the causes spinal cord injuries?

  • Motor vehicle accidents

  • Falls

  • Sports and recreation injuries

  • Alcohol

  • Diseases

  • Gunshot wounds

  • Medical and surgical complications

  • Motorcycle accidents

  • Driving injuries

  • Sports injuries

What are the symptoms of spinal cord injuries?

  • Muscle paralysis

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Problems with bladder and bowel function

  • Frequent infection

  • Bedsores

  • Chronic pain

  • Headaches

  • Changes in mood or personality

  • Loss of libido or sexual function

  • Loss of fertility

  • Nerve pain

  • Chronic muscle pain

  • Pneumonia

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