What does it mean to have a catastrophic injury such as Paraplegia?

Paraplegia is the loss of sensation or movement in the legs and in all or part of the torso, usually caused by an injury below the neck. Many life changes follow an injury that has resulted in this type of paralysis, including:

  • Regular rehabilitation, physical therapy, and medical care;
  • A new profession or reduced-level employment;
  • Alterations to one’s home and car to accommodate different physical needs;
  • Added stress to personal relationships, including friends and family.