Spinal Cord Injury: An Overview

A spinal cord injury is damage to any part of the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal canal. It often causes permanent changes in strength, sensation and other body functions below the site of the injury.

Many scientists are optimistic that advances in research will someday make the repair of spinal cord injuries possible. Thankfully,  research studies are ongoing around the world. In the meantime, treatments and rehabilitation are taking place in the hope that many people with a spinal cord injury get to lead productive and independent lives.

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Symptoms of Spinal Cord Injury

Ability to control your limbs after spinal cord injury depends on two factors: the place of the injury along the spinal cord and the severity of injury to the spinal cord.

The neurological level of the injury is the lowest part of the spinal cord that functions normally after injury. The severity of the injury is often called the "completeness" and:

  • The injury is complete if all feeling and all ability to control movement are lost below the spinal cord injury.
  • The injury is incomplete If motor or sensory function is below the affected area. There are varying degrees of incomplete injury.

quadriplegia affects your arms, hands, trunk, legs and pelvic organs are all affected by your spinal cord injury. This paralysis affects all or part of the trunk, legs and pelvic organs.


The health care team will perform a series of tests to determine the neurological level and completeness of the injury. Spinal cord injuries of any kind may result in one or more of the following signs and symptoms:

  • Loss of movement and sensation, including the ability to feel heat, cold and touch, bowel and bladder control
  • Exaggerated reflex activities or spasms
  • Changes in sexual function, sexual sensitivity and fertility
  • Pain or an intense stinging sensation caused by damage to the nerve fibers in your spinal cord
  • Difficulty breathing, coughing or clearing secretions from your lungs

Services We Offer for Spinal Cord Injury

Rehabilitation team members will begin to work with those that are in the early stages of recovery. The team may include a physical therapist, occupational therapist, rehabilitation nurse, rehabilitation psychologist, social worker, dietitian, recreation therapist and a doctor who specializes in physical medicine (physiatrist) or spinal cord injuries.

During the initial stages of rehabilitation, therapists usually emphasize maintenance and strengthening of existing muscle function, redeveloping fine motor skills and learning adaptive techniques to accomplish day-to-day tasks.

Additionally, those with a Spinal Cord Injury can have a life of abundance. What it takes is a strong familial support system and a rehabilitation or Special needs center like us to make that happen.

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Achievement Center of Texas has many students with a spinal injury, and we have plenty of space to accommodate all of your individual needs and goals. Click the button below to begin the enrollment process.

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