My step son is 42. Paraplegic as of 1 month ago. He did not experience any severe trauma of the type I would typically associate with paralysis. He injured his back lifting a table at work. May have fallen one time after that. Was also dealing with edema (was probably some edema around spine) and one day tried to get out of bed and slid to the floor and hasn't been able to feel his legs since. Scan shows a compression fracture at T7 with mild retropulsion.
I know there are many things (tumors etc.) other than severe trauma that can cause paralysis, but since that isn't the case here I continue to wonder if this is exceptionally rare, or more common than I might think?
I have several questions and since they are distinct am going to put each into separate threads, hopefully it'll be OK if I have several going.