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What are the symptoms of a spinal cord injury?

Spinal cord injuries typically present with a few key symptoms, including:

  • Changes in strength.
  • Exaggerated reflex activities.
  • Pain caused by damage to the nerve fibres in the spinal cord.
  • Changes in sexual function and fertility.
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control.
  • Altered or complete loss of sensation, including the inability to differentiate between hot/cold.
  • Numbness or extreme tingling/loss of sensation in feet, toes, hands and fingers.
  • Difficulty breathing, coughing or ability to clear own secretions from lungs.

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