Over 10,000 people in the US suffer a spinal cord injury, also called SCI, each year. SCI is defined as any damage to the spinal cord that results in loss of function or mobility. Such injuries can be caused by trauma or disease and can result in temporary or permanent loss of sensation, loss of movement (paralysis), loss of bowel or bladder control and other injuries. Auto accidents are a primary cause of spinal cord injuries, but other traumatic events such as slip and falls and sports related accidents cause many SCI’s each year.
There are two types of spinal cord injury, complete and incomplete. A complete injury is one in which the victim has no sensation or voluntary motor movement on either side of the body below the level of the injury. If the victim has some feeling or partial movement, it is called an incomplete injury.
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