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Shot in the back



I have a friend that was shot in the back. He said his nerves were in shock. He can`t walk, but has a lot of pain in the leg. He can`t move. Why would that be? And is there any way that he would be able to walk again?


Hello, thank you for your question. Your friend most likely had damage to his/her spinal cord, or nerves, in his/her spine when shot. This would cause them to be unable to move. I can't tell you whether they will be able to walk again or not. I would have to examine them and see their x-rays.

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David J Hart, MD David J Hart, MD
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University