Injuries to the spinal cord are often identified as traumatic or nontraumtic. Causes of non-traumatic spinal cord injuries include degenerative changes of the spine, cancer, impaired blood flow, and inflammation. Common causes of traumatic injuries to the spinal cord include motor vehicle accidents, acts of violence, falls, and sporting related incidents. Injury to the spinal cord disrupts communication from the brain the rest of our body and from our body back to our brain. This impaired communication can lead to various physical impairments ranging from mild to severe. Common impairments include:

  • Weakness or paralysis
  • Sensation loss
  • Limited range of motion
  • Abnormal muscle tone
  • Impaired respiration
  • Dysregulation of heart rate & blood pressure
  • Loss of bowel and bladder control

The impairments identified above can significantly affect the level of independence you or your loved one enjoyed previously. ANR’s team of rehabilitation professionals has the experience, training and technology to help you achieve your greatest potential. Schedule your initial evaluation today, and begin the journey to greater independence today!

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