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Spinal Cord Injury

The spinal cord is a soft bundle of nerves surrounded and protected by the backbone (spine). It runs down the middle of the back from the brain to about the waist through the spinal canal.

The brain and the spinal cord make up the central nervous system. Messages between the brain and the rest of the body travel back and forth through the spinal cord. These messages give us the ability to move and to feel sensation, among other things.

See an illustration of the spine and the spinal cord.

What is a spinal cord injury?

A spinal cord injury (SCI) is damage to your spinal cord that results in complete or partial loss of movement and feeling (paralysis). The amount of paralysis depends on where and how severe the damage is. The "higher" the damage is on the spinal cord, the more extensive the paralysis is. For example, damage in the neck area of the spinal cord can result in paralysis of the chest, arms, and legs (tetraplegia, also known as quadriplegia), while damage farther down the spinal cord (toward the waist) can result in paralysis of the legs and lower body (paraplegia).

Damage to the spinal cord can be complete or incomplete. In a complete SCI, you do not have feeling or movement in the area affected by the injury; in an incomplete SCI, you have some feeling but no movement, or varying amounts of movement.

What causes a spinal cord injury?

The spinal cord can be injured because of an accident, such as a fall or car accident (traumatic spinal cord injury) or because of a disease, such as spina bifida or spinal stenosis. In the United States, there are about 10,000 traumatic SCIs per year. 1 The major causes are vehicle accidents, violence (such as gun shots), falls, and recreation (such as boating accidents). Experts don't know how often disease causes SCIs.

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