Spinal cord injury (SCI) occurs when there is severe damage to the spine (vertebrae) or spinal cord. Trauma is potentially sustained from an auto accident, major fall, gunshot, or other high-impact accident.
The spine, or vertebral column, is a skeletal structure consisting of individual bones (vertebrae). The vertebral column is comprised of 33 vertebrae arranged in specific regions. There are seven cervical vertebrae (C1 to C7) of the neck, twelve thoracic vertebrae (T1 to T12) of the chest, five lumbar vertebrae (L1 to L5) of the lower back and pelvic area. The cervical, thoracic and lumbar vertebrae areseparated by gel-like discs. The discs serve as a cushion absorbing pressure and protecting the bones against rubbing. Whereas the other nine vertebrae are fused: the sacrum (five fused shield-shaped vertebrae connected to the pelvis) and coccyx, also known as the tailbone(four fused vertebrae).
The vertebrae form a spinal canal which houses the spinal cord, a long bundle of nerves and cells extending from the brain to the lower back. The vertebrae are held together via ligaments connecting the bones, and tendons connecting the bones to the back muscles. The bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles serve as protective mechanisms surrounding and protecting the spinal cord, and stabilizing the spine against excessive movement.
If the protective mechanisms are damaged, it can cause chronic and persistent pain. Spinal cord injury often results in long-term deficits such as paralysis, partial paralysis or other permanent changes in strength, sensory and motor function and other body functions below the site of the injury. Symptoms include:
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If you sustained a spinal cord injury secondary to someone else’s negligence, you are potentially entitled to monetary compensation including: