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Spinal Cord

Your spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that runs down the middle of your back. It carries signals back and forth between your body and your brain. A spinal cord injury disrupts the signals. Spinal cord injuries usually begin with a blow that fractures (breaks) or dislocates your vertebrae, the bone disks that make up your spine. Most injuries don't cut through your spinal cord. Instead, they cause damage when pieces of vertebrae tear into cord tissue or press down on the nerve parts that carry signals.

Spinal cord injuries can be complete or incomplete. With a complete spinal cord injury, the cord can't send signals below the level of the injury. As a result, you are paralyzed below the injury. With an incomplete injury, you have some movement and sensation below the injury.

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  1. Spinal Cord Injuries (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... forth between your body and your brain. A spinal cord injury disrupts the signals. Spinal cord injuries usually begin with a blow that fractures (breaks) ...
  2. Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Basics Video (Hill Foundation for Families Living with Disabilities)  
    ... Cord Injury Medical Expert Interviews Topics menu Topics Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Basics Adult Injuries Spinal Cord Injury Basics David Chen, MD Preventing Bedsores (Pressure Ulcers) ...
  3. Spinal Cord Injury Basics Video (Hill Foundation for Families Living with Disabilities)  
    ... Cord Injury Medical Expert Interviews Topics menu Topics Spinal Cord Injury Basics Adult Injuries Spinal Cord Injury Basics David ...
  4. ... and back down to the first lumbar vertebra. Spinal cord injury (SCI) can be caused by any of the ... can weaken the spine, which normally protects the spinal cord. Injury can also occur if the spinal canal protecting ...
  5. ... function, and sensation below the site of the injury. ... A spinal cord injury may be caused by incidents such as: Bullet or stab wound Fracture of the spine Traumatic injury ...
  6. Spinal Cord Injury From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)  
    A spinal cord injury (SCI) is damage to the bundle of nerves and nerve fibers that sends and receives signals from the brain. SCI can be caused by direct ...
  7. ... most common cause of autonomic dysreflexia (AD) is spinal cord injury. The nervous system of people with AD over- ... flushed (red) skin above the level of the spinal cord injury Heavy sweating High blood pressure Irregular heartbeat, slow ...
  8. Spinal Cord Injuries (For Parents) (Nemours Foundation)  
    Spinal Cord Injuries/Children ... Spinal Cord Injuries ... Nemours Foundation ... Spinal Cord Injuries, spine, spinal, spinal cord trauma, back injuries, paralyzed, ...
  9. Spinal Cord Injury (Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health)  
    Spinal Cord Injuries/Children ... Spinal Cord Injuries ... Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health
  10. A severe spinal cord injury often causes loss of feeling and paralysis, the loss of movement and voluntary control over the muscles in ...
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