Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) is damage to the spinal cord caused by physical trauma that results in a loss of function such as mobility or feeling.
Frequent causes of SCI include car crashes, gunshots and other types of violence, and falls.
The effects of SCI depend on the type of injury and the level of the injury. SCI can be divided into two types of injury – complete and incomplete:
- A complete injury means that there is no sensation or voluntary movement below the level of the injury.
- An incomplete injury means that there is some functioning below the primary level of the injury. A person with an incomplete injury may be able to move one or more limbs or may be able to feel parts of the body that cannot be moved.
According to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, nearly 1 person in 50 people is living with paralysis.
To learn more: Visit Arizona Spinal Cord Injury Association.
To connect with the national network of people living with paralysis, visit the Paralysis Resource Center at the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.