How Can Spinal Cord Injuries Occur?
Spinal cord injuries can result from a variety of accidents, and approximately 25 percent of all spinal cord injuries were caused by motor vehicle accidents. Spinal cord injury occurs when the bony protection surrounding the spinal cord is damaged due to:
The location of the spinal cord injury determines the parts of the body that are affected. Some common types of spinal cord injuries include:
- Cervical level injuries cause paralysis or weakness in both the arms and legs (quadriplegia). All regions of the body below the level of injury, as well as the top of the back, may be affected. Sometimes a cervical spinal cord injury is accompanied by loss of physical sensation, respiratory problems, and bowel, bladder, and sexual dysfunction.
- Thoracic level injuries (paraplegia) are less common because of the protection the rib cage provides to the spine, but can cause paralysis or weakness of the legs as well as loss of physical sensation, and bowel, bladder, and sexual dysfunction.
- Lumbar level injuries result in paralysis or paraplegia, but the shoulders, arms, and hands are usually unaffected. Lumbar injuries often require surgery and some type of external stabilization.
- Sacral level injuries cause loss of bowel and bladder function as well as sexual dysfunction, and can cause weakness or paralysis of the hips and legs.
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