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Spinal Cord Injury Center

A spinal cord injury (SCI) involves damage to the spinal cord and nerve roots. Car accidents, falls, violent acts, and non-traumatic disorders can injure the spinal cord and perhaps cause paralysis. Learn about SCI treatments, research, and rehabilitation in the Spinal Cord Injury Center.

Facts & Tips
In 1543, Vesalius, a physician and teacher, contributed much to our understanding of the spinal cord. He was the first to describe and illustrate this structure. In fact, Vesalius was the first to coin the terms cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and sacral.
Updated on: 12/17/12

What is Spinal Cord Injury?

A spinal cord injury involves damage to the spinal cord and nerve roots, and may temporarily or permanently stop or alter the ability of the brain to communicate with other parts of the body. Article also covers varying types of SCI.

Rehabilitation after Spinal Cord Injury

After a spinal cord injury (SCI), you may need to go through rehabilitation to learn how to face various physical, occupational, and emotional challenges.

Causes of a Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injuries (SCI) can be caused by trauma: car accidents and diving accidents, for example. It can also be caused by various conditions, including arachnoiditis and spondylosis. Article covers common and uncommon SCI causes.

Types of Spinal Fractures

The type of spinal fracture you have determines the treatment you receive. There are many ways to classify spinal fractures, and this article goes through the typically used classifications.

Exams and Tests for Spinal Cord Injury

It can be easy to identify a spinal cord injury, but it can be hard to identify the extent of the injury right after it happens. Doctors use various scales to assess the SCI, including the ASIA Impairment Scale.

Causes of Spinal Fractures

Trauma, such as a car accident or a sports injury, can cause spinal fractures. However, they're also related to conditions that weaken the bones, such as osteoporosis.
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