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Why do spinal cord injuries increase the risk for bed sores?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

The immobilization that can result from a spinal cord injury increases your risk for bed sores. Aside from not being able to reposition yourself frequently, however, other factors related to a spinal cord injury can also make you more susceptible to developing bed sores.

Since spinal cord injuries cause a loss of sensation, you may not receive the pain signals that let you know to reposition yourself or that a bed sore is in the process of forming. Adding to the complication, the nerve damage that results from spinal cord injuries causes compression of tissues and skin. Skin will often thin and blood flow will become impaired, which can both slow down the healing process.

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