Spinal Cord Injury

The spinal cord carries a large number of nerves that connect the brain to the rest of the body, regulating our senses and our movement. A spinal cord injury such as a fracture, dislocation or sever bruising can disrupt this critical communications network. Some injuries allow complete recovery, while others may result in partial or complete paralysis.

Neurosurgery Spinal Cord Injury Photo

Immediate emergency care and focused treatment and rehabilitation are critical to recovery. People with incomplete injury will have partial loss of function in the parts of the body below the spinal injury. Those with complete spinal cord injury have a total lack of function below the injury level. Rehabilitation programs include both physical therapy as well as social and emotional counseling.

Surgery for a spinal cord injury can lessen the pressure on the spinal cord by removing bone fragments and stabilizing the spine.