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Introduction

  • Hyun-Yoon Ko
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Abstract

Spinal cord injury or disease causes abnormalities in all body systems due to somatic dysfunction of motor and sensory and damage to the autonomic nerve system. Damage to the autonomic nervous system causes respiratory and cardiac dysfunction, temperature regulation disorders, insulin secretion, and many associated metabolic disorders. Immobilization due to voluntary motor dysfunction leads to pressure injuries and coughing impairments. Spinal cord injury involves more than just the direct injury to the spinal cord itself. The injury results in a range of disabilities and obstacles, ranging from physical limitations to social embarrassment. This chapter provides a brief history of spinal cord injury and describes the features and outline of spinal cord injury.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hyun-Yoon Ko
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  1. 1.Department of Rehabilitation MedicineRehabilitation Hospital, Pusan National University Yangsan Hospital, Pusan National University School of MedicineYangsanSouth Korea

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