Paraplegia is paralysis of the legs and much of the lower half of the body. The cause is usually an injury, accident, or disease of the spinal cord. Depending on the exact location of the spinal injury, there may be problems with bladder control, bowel control, and sexual function. Compare also quadriplegia (full paralysis) and hemiplegia.
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- Injury: Injury, also called “trauma” in medical terms, refers to the physical injury to a body part or organ. There are
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- Quadriplegia: Quadriplegia is paralysis of the legs, arms, and trunk. Quadriplegia usually results from a spinal injury to the neck vertebrae
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- Paralysis: Paralysis is the loss of muscle control in the body, often also with the loss of sensation. Paralysis may be
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- Hemiplegia: Hemiplegia is total paralysis of one-side of the body. Hemiplegia means vertical paralysis: one leg paralyzed, one arm, and
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- Spinal cord: The spinal cord is the large tether of nerve fibers that travels down the spine from the head to the
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