1. Respiratory complications (weak cough and shallow breathing). Do not overdo therapy b/c person does not have control of stomach muscles
2. Skin breakdown: redness, Decubitus ulcers
3. Orthostatic Hypotension: excessive fall in BP when assuming upright position, light-headedness, dizziness, sudden weakness (usually occurs at T6 and above)
4. DVT: swelling in legs, localized redness, low-grade fever. Compression stockings to tx.
5. Autonomic Dysreflexia: exaggerated response of ANS, body's way of telling something is wrong below level of injury: resulting in extreme rise in BP, pounding headache, profuse sweating. Check for obstructions and drain bladder. A medical emergency if not reversed quickly.
6. Genitourinary problems: UTI - cloudy urine, excessive particles, fever, chills, increase in spasticity
7. Heterotopic ossofication: formation of bone in abnormal anatomical locations. Sym: pain, swelling, decrease in A/PROM.