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Paralysis can result from injuries to nerves, the spinal cord or the brain. Physicians at the Paralysis Center at UC San Diego Health System are dedicated to improving function and mobility for individuals living with paralysis, and advancing therapies to treat paralysis.
UC San Diego conducts basic and clinical research to better understand causes and potential new treatments for paralysis. UC San Diego scientists in this field include:
"Paralyzed Limbs Regain Movement with Unique Surgery," KPBS Evening Edition, Feb. 2013
New Surgical Technique May Reverse Paralysis
Brian's Breakthrough: Repairing Paralyzed Nerves
Trauma can result in the severing of major nerves. Severing of any nerve can result in numbness and paralysis. When these injuries are addressed in a timely manner, the nerves can be reconstructed to restore movement and sensation.
Injuries to Facial Nerves
Brachial Plexus Injuries
Accidents as well as infections and rare diseases can injure the spinal cord. Spinal cord injuries often result in severe paralysis that affects an individual's ability to stand or walk, or even move their hands. Partial or total loss of the use of the arms, legs and torso is called tetraplegia. Nerve transfers and tendon transfers are important methods for recovering movement in the limbs and hands after spinal cord injuries.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Strokes, brain tumors, birth defects, head trauma and other sources of brain injury can leave a patient unable to move one side of their body. The face may droop, the arm may be spastic and walking may become very difficult. Physicians at the Paralysis Center have expertise in correcting facial nerve disorders, improving hand function and enhancing walking abilities in patients with these disorders.
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