Spinal Cord Injury

A spinal cord injury often causes permanent loss of strength, sensation and function below the site of the injury. Rehabilitation and assistive devices allow many people with spinal cord injuries to lead productive, independent lives. The next step in treatment of a spinal cord injury is immobilization. This often occurs at the time of injury prior to being transported to the hospital. Emergency medical technicians may place the patient in a cervical collar or on a backboard to help prevent the spine from moving. If the patient has a spinal cord injury, further movement of the spine could lead to further damage. At Rehab Store, shop the spinal cord injury products from top selling manufacturers such as Aspen Medical, Otto Bock, A-T Surgical, Core, and many more @ attractive prices.


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Spinal Injury Symptoms

  • Loss of movement
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control
  • Loss or altered sensations
  • Pain or an intense stinging sensation
  • Spasms or exaggerated reflex activities
  • Changes in sexual functions
  • Difficulty in breathing and coughing

Types of Spinal Cord Injuries

There are two types of spinal cord injuries, namely, complete and incomplete injuries.

  1. Complete Spinal Injury - In a complete spinal injury, there is a complete loss of muscle functionality and sensation in the body below the site of the injury.
  2. Incomplete Spinal Injury - In an incomplete spinal injury, some functionality remains below the site of the injury.

An injury to the upper portion of the spinal cord can result in quadriplegia-paralysis of both legs and arms. If an injury occurs to the lower portion of the spinal cord in the back, it can result in paraplegia-paralysis of both legs.