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Paraplegia is a condition where the lower half of a patient's body is paralyzed and cannot move. It is usually the result of spinal cord injury or a congenital condition such as spina bifida.

A related condition is quadriplegia.

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Outcome Study: The Progression of Spinal Deformity in Paraplegic Children Fitted with Reciprocating Gait Orthoses - ... (3471 words)
When considering the orthotic management of the paraplegic child, one should remember that any conceptual distinction that is made between the improvement of function and the prevention of deformity is artificial because both functional and preventative purposes are required simultaneously.
Although the LSU RGO is intended for paraplegic children and routinely used by them, there is no information that shows the effectiveness of this form of management in the prevention of deformity, a fundamental orthotic principle.
It is important to note that prevention of deformity in the traumatic paraplegic adult is perhaps less important than in children, because the skeletal frame in the adult is typically fully developed at the time of injury.
List of paraplegic people - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (89 words)
Frank Gardner (journalist) - Prominent BBC journalist who became paralysed after being shot 6 times at point blank range by Al-Qaeda in Saudi Arabia.
Boris Kustodiev - Russian painter, became paraplegic due to tuberculosis of the spine
Franklin D. Roosevelt - became paralyzed in both legs at the age of 39 due to polio.
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