Types of Spinal Cord InjuryLast updated on: February 23, 2015
Types of Spinal Cord Injury
If you suffer from a spinal-cord injury, typically your injury will be divided into one of two categories, a complete or an incomplete injury. An incomplete means that you still have some functioning ability below the level of injury. That may mean you have partial use of one arm or partial use of both arms, for instance, or you have some sensation. While a lot of people would think that may be better, many times those sensations can be extremely painful. What you feel may be pain, but having some use there also may mean a greater chance for recovery.
It’s going to depend on where the injury occurred as to what part of the body is affected. Typically, an injury in the cervical region is going to result in a quadriplegia situation, although the various levels in each of these sections will result in different amounts of function. This is just general, but as you move down the spinal cord from the cervical, which is your neck, to your thoracic, now you’re looking at some sort of paraplegia affecting the legs, as well as an injury to the lumbar will also affect the legs, but the further down you go, the more functioning you’re going to have in the remainder of your body.