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)  
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  2. Spinal Cord Injury: Hope through Research From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)  
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  3. Spinal Cord Injury (Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health)  
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  4. Spinal Cord Injury From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke) - Short Summary  
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  5. Spinal Cord Injury 101 Video (Hill Foundation for Families Living with Disabilities)  
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  6. FAQs about Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) (University of Alabama at Birmingham)  
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  7. Spinal cord injury - Symptoms and causes (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)  
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  8. What Is Spinal Cord Injury? From the National Institutes of Health (Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development)  
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  9. What Are the Treatments for Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)? From the National Institutes of Health (Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development)  
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  10. Depression and Spinal Cord Injury (University of Washington, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine)  
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