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The effects of a spinal cord injury (SCI) vary considerably. Some victims may experience a full recovery, while others suffer from full paralysis.
A spinal cord injury can dramatically impact your life, and implications are heavily influenced by whether the injury is complete or incomplete – a medical distinction relating to the extent of the damage.
In a complete spinal cord injury, you no longer have sensation or motor control below the injury, which can also result in paralysis or tetraplegia.
Paraplegia is triggered when damage is done to the thoracic, lumbar, or sacral section of the spinal cord; Tetraplegia emerges when damage is done to the cervical section of the spinal cord.
An incomplete spinal cord injury occurs when there’s still some feeling below your injury since your spinal cord is still capable of sending messages between the brain and body.
Complete spinal cord injuries result in a total loss of motor function and sensation below the injury. Those with complete spinal cord injuries will have loss of muscle function and sensation on both sides of their body.
Those with incomplete spinal cord injuries may retain varying degrees of muscle movement and sensation. They may be able to move one arm or leg more than the other, and also have more function on one side of the body than the other.
Research suggests that people with an incomplete spinal cord injury have a higher chance of recovering from a loss of motor and sensory function in the affected limbs than those with a complete spinal cord injury.
A complete spinal cord injury removes the brain’s ability to send signals down the lumbar spinal cord below the injury, which can lead to paralysis below the waist while movement in your arms and upper body is preserved.
During the days following your injury, the symptoms of complete and incomplete spinal cord injuries are virtually indistinguishable. However, small differences may develop over time.
Symptoms of a complete spinal cord injury include:
With an incomplete spinal cord injury, the spinal cord’s functions are only partially compromised, with effects that tend to vary more. An incomplete spinal cord injury due to an infection may retain significant function, while gunshot wound survivors with injuries located high on the spine may face obstacles similar to a complete spinal cord injury survivor.
Symptoms of an incomplete spinal cord injury include:
With both incomplete and complete spinal cord injuries – mobility impairments, including tetraplegia/quadriplegia and complete paraplegia, are common symptoms.
A spinal cord has three sections: the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar segments. Any damage done to these areas of the spinal cord can result in different outcomes.
The most common causes of spinal cord injuries include:
It’s not only a matter of your spinal cord being fully intact or completely severed; issues of spinal contusion (bruising), compression, and inflammation can also affect your brain’s ability to send signals.
Spinal cord injuries can be classified neurologically in a standardized way by the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) according to muscle grading and a scale of impairment.
As a result of these variations, there are different levels or “grades” used to assess the severity of damage to your cord – ranging from “A” to “E” – the higher the grade, the more severe and damage there tends to be.
The impairment scale is split into five categories, covering three levels of impairment:
Those who suffer from an incomplete spinal cord injury generally recover faster than those with a complete spinal cord injury. Since an incomplete spinal cord injury allows some function, they’ll have an easier time regaining strength and relearning basic movements is easier after an
Some factors considered when recovering from a spinal cord injury include:
Overall, each individual has a different experience when it comes to overcoming their spinal cord injury. Some may start to notice results quickly while others may not be able to recover due to intense damage done to their spine.
Victims of spinal cord injuries are encouraged to seek legal representation to receive fair compensation for their losses and damages.
If you’ve sustained injuries as a result of someone’s negligence or intentional misconduct, you have legal protection and the rights to hold them responsible in recovering your losses. Our qualified spinal cord injury attorneys can help you get the compensation you deserve for the losses you’ve suffered.
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