What are the effects of a spinal cord injury?

The effects of a spinal cord injury can vary based on the injury's location. Injuries that are sustained near the top of the spine result in more extensive disability (numbness and paralysis, breathing difficulty) than injuries low in the spine. Some common outcomes are muscle spasms, the loss of sensation in parts of the body, numbness, pain and paralysis. Death can result if there is a paralysis of the muscles that control breathing.

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