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Thread: How Common is Paraplegia with No Severe Trauma?

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    How Common is Paraplegia with No Severe Trauma?

    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.

    Thank You
    Last edited by MineGoesTo11; 03-28-2017 at 11:32 PM.

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    It is many different rare disorders of different levels, syndromes and severity. It seems that use of most drugs for spinal cord injury is off label.

    Normally it takes considerable violence to break the spine, but if someone has osteoporosis then it might not take much at all.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osteoporosis

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    The cause of SCI from Motor vehicle accidents of some type and falls are tied at the top 2 causes.

    Falls used to not even be close. Unless a major fall from several feet occur in spine with chronic chronic changes such as degenerative disc disease, spondylosis, ruptured discs.
    CWO

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    I'm sorry to hear about your son.
    An acute spine compression fracture can cause a lot of edema and pressure on the spinal cord.

    Re: "Scan shows a compression fracture at T7 with mild retropulsion."
    Did he have a CT scan or a MRI scan? The CT would have shown the fracture and bone retropulsion. The MRI would have showed this as well but would also have shown more of the effect on the soft tissue of the spinal cord.

    Does your step-son have healthcare insurance? Is he eligible for Workers Compensation from lifting the table and hurting his back? Is he receiving care at a rehabilitation facility?

    If he has payed into social security, he should start reviewing the process for completing their disability application and the correct wording needed to identify his cause of disability as a SCI rather than a back injury. He'll need copies of his medical records.

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