Medical expert: Recovery posssible after broken neck
The New Hampshire Union Leader contacted Tufts with questions about spinal cord injuries in light of the broken neck and paralysis of Manchester resident Fern Ornelas last October. Liao spoke about the medicine, but not Ornelas' specific case.
The recovery is slow, and it usually plateaus. But patients do regain some mobility and motor skills, he said.
"The extent of the recovery is a little bit hard to predict," Liao said.
After spinal damage, one can walk around until swelling or bleeding eventually brings about the paralysis.
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