An injury characterized by the paralysis (loss of muscle function and sensation) of both a person’s arms and legs.
This type of paralysis may be total or partial, depending on how much of the spinal cord is damaged.
This disorder is typically caused by injury to the spinal cord, especially if the area of the fifth to seventh vertebrae is affected. Quadriplegia can also stem from certain nerve diseases such as multiple sclerosis.
Symptoms of quadriplegia include loss of muscle function and sensation below the level of injury and loss of firmness to the arm and leg muscles. An injured person may also experience cardiovascular complications, weakened bones, infection, low body temperature and depression.
If a person has suffered from a spinal cord injury that causes quadriplegia, they must receive immediate medical attention in order to brace their spine. This is done to prevent further injury that can be caused by premature movement.
Recovering from a spinal cord injury is done through acute hospital rehabilitation techniques, such as physical therapy, mobility training with wheelchairs and counseling.