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Name Spinal Injuries
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Symptoms of Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) is damage to the spinal cord, which results in a loss of function, such as mobility or feeling. Most spinal cord damage occurs as a result of physical injury, such as car accidents, gunshot, falls etc. The level of injury and extent of paralysis depends on where the spinal cord was damaged and how severely. The spinal cord is divided into four sections:

  • Cervical (C) - the neck region
  • Thoracic (T) - the chest region
  • Lumbar (L) - the lower back region
  • Sacral (S) - the tailbone region

Each of these regions has a number of vertebrae and spinal nerves, and thus the site of the damage may be described as, for example, L3, or C 4.

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Useful national contacts Spinal Injuries Association (SIA)
Link opens in new window www.spinal.co.uk
Helpline: 0800 980 0501

Brain & Spine Foundation
Link opens in new window www.brainandspine.org.uk
Helpline: 0808 808 1000

News and Events

Online resources MediKidz explain Spinal Cord Injury
Link opens in new window www.medikidz.com/gb-en/shop/brain-eyes-nerves/meditotz-explain-spinal-cord-injury
Our resources

The library at The Brain Charity has a range of resources on Spinal Cord Injury and on a wide range of disability-related issues.

heelie Power: A Book for young people about growing up with a spinal cord injuryVisit our library to read Wheelie Power: A Book for young people about growing up with a spinal cord injury compiled by Lynne Punchard for the Spinal Injuries Association. Or have a Link opens in new window look in your local library for this book.
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