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Is spinal injury serious?

Spinal injury should be treated as a medical emergency. Although most spinal injuries are minor and result in no long-term problems, minor injuries should be treated as severe until diagnosed by a doctor. In cases of severe injury, in which the nerves are completely severed (cut), total paralysis can occur below the point of the injury.

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Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 16 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Spinal stenosis

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