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Why do you become paralyzed after a spinal cord injury?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: Loss of function

The spinal cord provides a communication pathway between the brain and the rest of the body and it helps to modulate those 2 way communications.
If injured , this communication can be affected leading to variable presentations including paralysis depending on what level is injured and to what extent.

In brief: Loss of function

The spinal cord provides a communication pathway between the brain and the rest of the body and it helps to modulate those 2 way communications.
If injured , this communication can be affected leading to variable presentations including paralysis depending on what level is injured and to what extent.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Dr. Gregg Albers
Addiction Medicine

In brief: Spinal Cord Injury

When the spinal cord, the spine is damaged, severed, cut, or crushed, the softer tissues of the cord are damaged, often permanently.
These nerves come from the brain, go the internal organs, the arms, legs, muscles, skin all over the body. Damage is permanent, the nerves will not work, and the brain cannot feel or control the muscles, which is the definition of paralysis.

In brief: Spinal Cord Injury

When the spinal cord, the spine is damaged, severed, cut, or crushed, the softer tissues of the cord are damaged, often permanently.
These nerves come from the brain, go the internal organs, the arms, legs, muscles, skin all over the body. Damage is permanent, the nerves will not work, and the brain cannot feel or control the muscles, which is the definition of paralysis.
Dr. Gregg Albers
Dr. Gregg Albers
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