What Is a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)?
It’s one of the most serious traumatic injuries. That’s because a spinal cord injury causes damage to the
- Disc materials
- Brain functions
Which causes the spinal cord and/or its nerve fibers to experience bruising and tears.
After an SCI, every nerve above the level of the injury keeps working. However, the spinal cord nerves below the point of injury can no longer transmit messages between the brain and parts of the body.
An SCI is classified according to its level and type.
The level of injury for a person with SCI is the lowest point on the spinal cord below which there is a decrease or absence of feeling and/or movement.
The higher the spinal cord injury is in the vertebral column (the closer it is to the brain), the more effect it has on how the body moves, and the harder the recovery will be.
What Are the Symptoms of an SCI?
Here’s how you can tell if you are in serious need of spinal cord injury recovery:
- Paralysis of the muscles used for breathing
- Paralysis and/or loss of feeling in all or some of the trunk, arms, and legs
- Loss of sexual function
- Loss of bowel and bladder control
RECOVERY AFTER SPINAL CORD INJURY IS POSSIBLE
Even if you experienced a severing of the spinal cord, spinal cord injury recovery is possible at our center. We can help you regain:
Experts agree that functional, repetitive motor exercise training is the key to recovery after a:
✔Spinal cord injury
Ongoing studies have proven that comprehensive, activity-based strength training in repeated patterns is essential. It can help muscles “relearn” or “remember” a functional movement pattern.
Many of our clients have regained the ability to perform voluntary movements on their own.