Richard Stokes wrote:The paraplegic mcguffin was a bit lame.
A civilisation capable of traveling to other solar systems would have such advanced technology that no soldier or civilian need suffer this fate any more.
Spinal repair would be routine and not require special favours.
In what alternate universe? Oh, right.
Honestly, advances come when there is profit to be made. "Things are better in the future" is a fantasy of Gene Roddenberry.
Take two episodes of Babylon 5 and call me in the morning.