What Are the Most Common Types of Spinal Cord Injuries?

Doctors reviewing an x-ray showing a spinal cord injury

Spinal cord injuries are some of the most serious injuries that an individual can experience. Not only do they affect one's ability to move and function, but they can also lead to long-term and even permanent disability.

There are two main types of spinal cord injuries: complete and incomplete. A complete spinal cord injury means that the spinal cord has been completely severed, causing a complete loss of sensation and movement below the injury site. On the other hand, an incomplete spinal cord injury is when the spinal cord has been partially severed, allowing some movement and sensation to remain.

Which SCIs Are the Most Common?

The most common causes of spinal cord injuries are usually traumatic events, including car accidents, falls, sports injuries, and violence. The symptoms can vary depending on the severity of the injury, but the most common symptoms include loss of sensation, paralysis, loss of bladder or bowel control, and difficulty breathing or coughing.

Spinal cord injuries can also be classified according to the location of the injury. A cervical spinal cord injury occurs when the injury has taken place in the neck region, while a thoracic spinal cord injury happens in the upper back region. Finally, a lumbar spinal cord injury occurs in the lower back region of the spinal cord.

Another type of spinal cord injury that deserves mention is a spinal cord contusion. A contusion occurs when bruising on the spinal cord can lead to swelling and inflammation. While spinal cord contusions can be less severe than complete spinal cord injuries, they can still lead to long-term and even permanent disability.

Our Skilled Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help

Spinal cord injuries are some of the most serious injuries that an individual can suffer. Complete and incomplete spinal cord injuries are the most common types, and symptoms can vary from person to person. If you have suffered a spinal cord injury due to someone else's negligence, it is crucial to contact an attorney who can help guide you through the legal process and help you obtain the compensation and justice you deserve.

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