Tetraplegic - Definition

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A tetraplegic individual is somebody who suffers from tetraplegia, or a paralysis of all four limbs. This is caused by a lesion in the spinal cord high up on the spinal column, above the 5th cervical vertebra, mostly due to trauma or an accident. This condition is affecting the spinal cord. Thus, there is a damage of the nerve impulse transmission in the nerve roots below the lesion site. Paralysis, which defines the total inability to move, is accompanied by a loss of sensation in these areas, involving the capacity to feel pain and touch. This can lead to severe disability, with the patient becoming dependent on others for the slightest day-to-day gesture.