Levels and Types of Spinal Cord Injury
Types of Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries can be divided into two types of injury – complete and incomplete:
- A complete spinal cord injury causes permanent damage to the area of the spinal cord that is affected. Paraplegia or tetraplegia are results of complete spinal cord injuries.
- An incomplete spinal cord injury refers to partial damage to the spinal cord. The ability to move and the amount of feeling depends on the area of the spine injured and the severity of the injury. Outcomes are based on a patient’s health and medical history.
Levels of Spinal Cord Injury
There are four sections of the spinal cord: cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacral. Each section of the spine protects different groups of nerves that control the body. The types and severity of spinal cord injuries can depend on the section of the spine that is injured. Learn about the sections of the spine, types of spinal cord injuries and possible recovery outcomes.
More Information About Spinal Cord Injuries
Our video series uses simple language and images of real people who have sustained a spinal cord injury, as well as medical experts and advocates.
Shepherd Center’s Injury Prevention Program spreads the word about risky behavior with the goal to prevent brain and spinal cord injuries.
Visit MyShepherdConnection.org for a wealth of spinal cord injury-related educational materials for patients, families and caregivers.
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