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PARAPLEGIA AND PHYSICAL ABILITIES WITH SPINAL CORD INJURY
The following information is used as a general guideline for physical abilities with varying levels of spinal cord injury.
T1: Some decreased finger and hand function. Weakness of trunk control. Independent in most physical and self-care activities in WC. Some light housekeeping may be performed.
T4-T6: All muscles of the upper extremities are functioning. Partial trunk paralysis. No abdominal muscles are innervated. Can do some heavy lifting from a sitting position. Independent in light housekeeping.
T7-L2: Abdominal muscles are partially innervated. Better trunk stability. Can ambulate with difficulty using braces and crutches.
L3-L4: Has trunk control and stability. Has some paralysis in legs. Can ambulate with short leg braces and crutches or a cane. May use WC for long distances and sports.
L5-S3: Partial to full control of legs. Able to walk if foot flexion is strong enough.