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General enquiries:
+44 (0)207 935 4444
Book an appointment:
+44 (0)207 616 7693
Self-pay enquiry:
+44 (0)203 219 3315

A spinal cord injury is damage to the spinal cord that results in a loss of function. This might cause loss of movement, bladder or bowel function and/or sensation.

Although paralysis can be caused by some infections, such as polio, and by some inherited or congenital neurological diseases, such as spina bifida, paralysis due to spinal cord injury is often caused by accidents.

The impact of spinal cord injury

The potential impact on the body depends on where the spinal cord injury causes damage:

  • If spinal cord injury occurs in the neck area, nerve transmission is blocked very high up. This can cause respiratory failure and quadriplegia. This means that all 4 limbs, the arms and the legs, are paralysed.
  • If the spinal cord injury is in the thoracic, lumbar or lower back region then this may cause loss of the use of the legs but leave the arms unaffected. This condition is known as paraplegia.
  • Both quadriplegia and paraplegia can also cause loss of bladder and/or bowel control. The sensation that allows sexual arousal and intercourse are often lost after spinal cord injury.
  • The degree of compression is also important. Sometimes, a spinal cord injury can result in loss of movement, but not in a complete loss of sensation.

Medical Admissions

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Facilitating acute admissions into The London Clinic whilst maintaining the highest levels of safety and care, supported by a consultant on-call rota.

Concierge service

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We can support our patients with travel, hotel accommodation, London tours, plus theatre and restaurant reservations.

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General enquiries: 020 7935 4444 Appointments: 020 7616 7693 Self-Pay: 020 3219 3315

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Other numbers

Concierge service: 020 3219 3323International office: 020 3219 3266Invoice and payment enquiries: 020 7616 7708Press office 020 7616 7676

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