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A 37-year-old member asked:

How could someone suffering from spinal cord injury operate power or manual wheelchair?

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Dr. Evert Eriksson
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Depends: This depends on the level of the injury. If only the persons legs are injured they can use their arms. If they are injured and can not use their arms, several options exist for them to direct their chair.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
Depends on several : Factors including the level of the spinal cord injury and how complete it is and whether the patient has any other associated injuries or issues. The age of the patient, their motivation and the rehabilitation given to them plays a role as well as the financial and technical resources that may also be available.

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A 35-year-old female asked about a female:

For a spinal cord injury, would you need to be in a wheelchair? If so, how long?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Can't tell, ask doc: It is impossible to even guess without more information about the nature of the injury, its severity, and which part of the spine was injured. The patient's doctors are by far the best to answer this.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

What kinds of symptoms does someone with a spinal cord injury have?

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Dr. Michele Arnold
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 22 years experience
Paralysis and more: Symptoms of spinal cord injury include: partial or complete paralysis of muscles below the level of injury, loss of sensation below the injury level, and a change in function of the bowel and bladder. Most spinal cord injuries also result in spasticity of the muscles (unless the injury was low in the lumbar spine), accompanied by changes in blood pressure regulation and temperature regulation.

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