“Understanding Spinal Cord Injury” is intended as a resource guide. It does not cover all treatments or research in the field of spinal cord injury. As no two people have exactly the same spinal cord injury, some topics and information may not apply to all spinal cord injured persons.
PQSA recommends that you seek expert spinal cord injury medical advice if you require specific information.
Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injury occurs when there is any damage to the spinal cord that blocks communication between the brain and the body.
After a spinal cord injury, a person’s sensory, motor and reflex messages are effected and may not be able to get past the damage in the spinal cord.
In general, the higher on the spinal cord the injury occurs, the more dysfunction the person will experience.
Injuries are referred to as complete or incomplete, based on whether any movement and sensation occurs at or below the level of injury.
REMEMBER: All spinal cord injuries are different and what happens with one person does not necessarily happen with another.
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