There are almost a half a million people currently living with spinal cord injuries. Spinal cord injuries often result in paraplegia or quadriplegia, which causes immobility or loss of feeling in the body. The spinal cord injuries in the lower part of the spinal cord resulting in paraplegia affect the lower half of the body. People with paraplegia experience paralysis of the legs and lower trunk, and in many cases there is some mobility in the arms. Depending on how much damage is done to the spinal cord and how permanent the damage is, paraplegics could lose control of their bladder or bowel. More severe spinal cord injuries that occur higher up in the neck often result in quadriplegia, which causes paralysis of all four limbs. quadriplegics are unable to move starting from the neck down, so depending on the severity, some people may need a ventilator to breathe.
Spinal cord injuries can be traumatic for the individual and their family, and it can affect all members of the family unit drastically. Whether the damage is temporary or permanent, Homewatch CareGivers Northshore has skilled professionals with the right tools to assist with activities of daily living. Our team can help with any spinal cord injury, and perform tasks such as safe transfers, catheter care, physical therapy supervision, and more.
Spinal Cord Resources
We understand families may have questions when initially faced with a spinal cord injury. Listed below are some useful resources to learn more about spinal cord injuries, the effects, treatment options and coping strategies for the individual and their family.
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