AUTONOMIC DYSREFLEXIA

Autonomic dysreflexia is a syndrome characterized by abrupt onset of excessively high blood pressure caused by uncontrolled sympathetic nervous system discharge in persons with spinal cord injury.

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RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS

With a spinal cord injury of C4 and higher, all the muscles which control breathing will be paralysed. these are the intra costal muscles, the diaphragm and the abdominal muscles.

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THE SPINE

When an injury to the spinal cord occurs the flow of information from that point down is impeded or stopped.  This interferes with instructions to the arms, legs, and other parts of the body and can prevent the individual from moving, sometimes breathing, and obstructs or stops any sense of feeling or touch .

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BOWELS

Many spinal cord injury (SCI) survivors were taught early on to combine different techniques for their bowel programs – especially the use of digital stimulation, medications, and/or suppositories.

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SPASTICITY 


Spasticity can occur either as a sustained stiffness caused by increased muscle tone or as spasms that come and go, especially at night.

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TEMPERATURE REGULATION

Problems with temperature regulation happen in people with cervical and high thoracic injuries. Your body temperature will change somewhat with the air temperature around you.

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PRESSURE SORES

Pressure sores must be taken seriously, if left unchecked, a pressure sore can lead to amputation or in the worst case death. Even when well cared for, a pressure sore can still become infected.

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