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What is the outlook for spinal injury?

The outlook for spinal injury varies, depending on how severe the injury is. If the nerves have been completely severed, there is no way to repair the damage and paralysis will remain for life. If the nerves are not completely severed and movement remains, the person may only experience muscle weakness. Fortunately, most cases of spinal injury are minor and patients recover fully with surgery and rehabilitation and go on to live independent lives.

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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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