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During the period of spinal shock, muscles of the thorax and abdomen become flaccid, contributing to an ineffective breathing pattern and fatigue which may lead to impaired gas exchange.
All 3 modalities increased by around 10 points, reflecting only radicular recovery, usually at the level of cord injury after spinal shock has reversed.
Pathologist Dr William Lawler said he believed Mr Johnson had died of spinal shock caused by his broken neck.
2 per cent in sports - and they range in severity from spinal shock to the ventilatordependency of former amateur rider Bill Shand-Kydd.
Spinal shock may also disguise the fact that there is residual sensation, which only becomes evident on re-examination.