What is a spinal cord injury?

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If you’re living with a spinal cord injury (SCI) or know someone who is, it can be hard to make sense of everything that has changed. You may have so many questions and feel overwhelmed. Fortunately, understanding what SCI is and what it does to the body can help give you insight into managing your condition and taking care of yourself after an injury.

Causes of spinal cord injuries

A spinal cord injury (SCI) is damage to any part of the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal canal. No two spinal cord injuries are alike. They can be caused by physical trauma, such as a vehicle accident or violence, or through non-traumatic means, such as cancer, arthritis, or disk degeneration of the spine.

Types of spinal cord injuries

According to the Mayo Clinic, the severity of a spinal cord injury is called “the completeness” and is classified as either:

  • Complete or all feeling and ability to control movement is lost below the injury.
  • Incomplete, or there is some feeling or ability to control movement below the injury.

When a spinal cord injury is suspected, medical professionals will run a series of tests to determine the completeness of the injury. Signs and symptoms of a spinal cord injury include:

  • Loss of movement
  • Pain
  • An intense stinging sensation
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control
  • Lost or altered sensation

Delta Center will help you lead an independent life

Living with spinal cord injury can be challenging, but it doesn’t mean life is over. It just takes a commitment to finding ways to lead a meaningful and fulfilling life. At Delta Center in St. Louis, MO, we are committed to helping those with a spinal cord injury, old or new, get the necessary resources and support.

From help transitioning back into the community, referrals, skills training, and the Endeavor Program, spinal cord injury patients can find the support they need at Delta Center. We work hard to ensure that the rights of people are disabilities are advocated for and met. Our services are always free to disabled adults and senior citizens who live in St Charles County, Warren County, Lincoln County, St. Louis County, and St. Louis City.

Do you or someone you know have a spinal cord injury?

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