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What are symptoms of spinal cord injury besides paralysis?

Generally, we think of a spinal cord injury as a condition that creates paralysis. It is true that some spinal cord injuries can permanently impair a person’s ability to walk, use the arms and legs, or have any feeling in the extremities below a certain point. However, some spinal cord injury symptoms can be smaller in scope. Wisconsin injury victims may not even experience them soon following the injury event.

The Mayo Clinic explains that some spinal cord injuries may make it difficult, though not impossible, to walk. You could have trouble with your balance as you take steps. You might brace yourself on walls or furniture to help you along. Injury victims can also have problems raising a leg or moving an arm. Sometimes a person simply feels weak, but does not connect the weakness to a potential spinal cord problem.

Damage to the spinal cord can also cause problems in the bathroom or the bedroom. If a person is suddenly losing control over bladder or bowel functions following a recent accident, the symptom is likely related to the accident. Similarly, if an accident victim experiences intimacy issues with a partner or is having trouble impregnating a partner, spinal cord trouble resulting from the accident could be the culprit.

Some of these symptoms can feel humiliating. It is natural to not want to discuss the issue openly. However, these symptoms are not only harming your quality of life, but they could portend worse physical problems to come. Anyone who is the victim of an auto accident should get checked out by a doctor. Linking these symptoms to a recent accident can also inform what kind of compensation you should receive for your injuries.

Spinal cord injuries can take many forms and affect people differently. For this reason, do not consider this article as legal advice. It is only presented to offer readers educational benefit on personal injury topics.

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