Spinal cord injury (SCI) is an important contributing factor to morbidity and mortality in the U.S.
Spinal cord trauma can be caused by any number of injuries to the spine. They can result from motor vehicle accidents, falls, sports injuries (particularly diving into shallow water), industrial accidents, gunshot wounds, assault, and other causes.
A spinal cord trauma is a medical emergency requiring immediate treatment to reduce the long-term effects. The time between the injury and treatment is a critical factor affecting the eventual outcome.
How well a person does depends on the level of injury. Injuries near the top of the spine result in more extensive disability than do injuries low in the spine.
FIND RESOURCES IN YOUR AREA
There are many resources available to survivors of spinal cord injury. Please review our Spinal Cord Injury Resource Guide to find out more.
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