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How could a spinal cord injury affect the musculoskeletal system and the integumentary system?

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Dr. Michele Arnold
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
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In brief: Weakness, numbness

The paralysis from spinal cord injury causes varying degrees of weakness and muscle loss (atrophy), depending on the severity of the injury.
There may also be spasticity or tightness of the muscles, putting a person at risk of contractures (joint rigidity). Numbness from spinal cord injury places a person at risk of developing pressure sores-- pressure relief is paramount for prevention.

In brief: Weakness, numbness

The paralysis from spinal cord injury causes varying degrees of weakness and muscle loss (atrophy), depending on the severity of the injury.
There may also be spasticity or tightness of the muscles, putting a person at risk of contractures (joint rigidity). Numbness from spinal cord injury places a person at risk of developing pressure sores-- pressure relief is paramount for prevention.
Dr. Michele Arnold
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: Varies depending on

The degree of spinal cord injury leading to wasting or atrophy of muscle mass to joint contractures and even brittle or osteoporotic bones leading to fractures.
In terms of the skin, loss of sensation can lead to development of ulcers that can lead to infections locally and to bone or even sepsis with a spread through the blood stream.

In brief: Varies depending on

The degree of spinal cord injury leading to wasting or atrophy of muscle mass to joint contractures and even brittle or osteoporotic bones leading to fractures.
In terms of the skin, loss of sensation can lead to development of ulcers that can lead to infections locally and to bone or even sepsis with a spread through the blood stream.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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