Neurological Impairment

Tetraplegia refers to the condition of paralysis which results from damage to one of the eight cervical segments of the spinal cord and paraplegia refers to those lesions in the thoracic, lumbar, or sacral regions of the spinal cord. For the time periods of 2000 to 2005 and 2006 to 2010, the most common neurological impairment is incomplete tetraplegia (40.8% and 46.8% respectively), followed by complete paraplegia (21.0% and 20.6%). Trends over time show an increasing proportion of persons with incomplete tetraplegia.

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