Injury to the nervous system is the most common cause of paraplegia. Common injuries and other causes include:
- Broken neck
- Broken back
- Spinal cord injury
- Genetic disorder (hereditary spastic paraplegia)
- Congenital (present at birth)
- Autoimmune diseases
A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease or condition. Paraplegia is typically the result of an unanticipated accident. People who participate in high-risk or high-contact sports or drive recklessly may be at a greater risk of suffering an injury that could cause this condition.
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