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Paraplegia Treatments


Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Treatment options include:

Emergency Medical Treatment

If an injury has been sustained that causes paraplegia, emergency medical treatment is needed to prevent further damage to the nervous system. Once an evaluation has been performed and the severity of the damage has been determined, a doctor will determine what therapies are needed to prevent additional injury and maximize recovery. Steroids may be used to minimize the swelling of the spinal cord if it has been injured. Surgery may be performed to help stabilize the spine. If a tumor is causing compression of the spinal cord surgery to remove it may be of benefit. Radiation therapy is another possible treatment which may be considered.

Therapy and Rehabilitation

In most patients, physical therapy and rehabilitation may help restore muscle function. Occupational and speech therapy may also be beneficial.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2023 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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