What is spinal cord injurySpinal cord injury refers to any injury to the spinal cord that is caused by trauma instead of disease. Many people may be not very familiar with the term. Well, here we will give a general introduction to spinal cord injury.

What is spinal cord injury?

The spinal cord contains the nerves that carry messages between your brain and body.

A spinal cord injury refers to any injury to the spinal cord that is caused by trauma instead of disease. A spinal cord injury is very serious because it can cause loss of movement (paralysis) below the site of the injury.

Spinal cord injuries are described at various levels of “incomplete”, which can vary from having no effect on the patient to a “complete” injury which means a total loss of function.

Types of spinal cord injury

Types of spinal cord injuryIn general, spinal cord injury can be sorted into two main types:

• A complete spinal cord injury

A complete spinal cord injury happens when a person has some spinal injury level below which there is no motor and sensory function. In a complete spinal cord injury, there is no function below the “neurological” level, defined as the lowest level that has intact neurological function.

• An incomplete spinal cord injury

An incomplete spinal cord injury will retain some sensation or movement below the level of spinal cord injury. Incomplete spinal cord injuries may recover some walking ability.

Causes of spinal cord injury

Causes of spinal cord injuryThere may be many factors resulting in spinal cord injuries, however the causes are typically associated with major trauma from motor vehicle accidents, falls, sports injuries, and violence. Research into treatments for spinal cord injuries includes controlled hypothermia and stem cells.

Treatments for spinal cord injuries can vary widely depending on the location and extent of the injury. The aims of the treatment are to restrain the spine and control inflammation to prevent further damage. We have been in this area for many years with rich clinical experience and professional expertise. If you have any problems, we are ready to help.

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