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Spinal cord injury and disorders
Your spinal cord sends the messages to and from your brain and body that make it possible for you to feel and move.
Patients who sustain a spinal cord injury can experience a wide range of problems. They may have loss of feeling, paralysis, breathing problems, and difficulty controlling their bowels and bladders. The physical and emotional challenges of the illness may seem insurmountable.
Spinal cord injury
The spinal cord contains the nerves that carry messages between your brain and body.
With comprehensive rehabilitation, education and support, patients and their families can learn how to cope with the complex difficulties they face after a spinal cord injury.
A motorcycle crash broke Nick Fischer's back and left him paralyzed from the waist down. After hearing his diagnosis he had two questions "Can I get my laptop to check emails?" and "When does rehab start?"
After Doreen Harrington's doctors told her she'd never walk again, she learned to learned to get along in a wheelchair and raised three children. When she began physical therapy for shoulder problems, something else grabbed the attention of her physical therapist.