Thanks to increasingly good medical management and research, complete spinal cord injuries are becoming increasingly rare. Complete tetraplegia and paraplegia account for less than 30% of spinal cord injuries. As first responders become more mindful of spinal cord injuries and doctors adopt new management techniques, that number stands to shrink even further.
For those that do sustain a complete spinal cord injury, all sensation, along with ability to move, are completely lost below the site of the injury. The complete nature of the injury, however, does not eliminate the potential for some recovery.
Most spinal cord injuries are incomplete to one degree or another, with doctors relying on a grading scale to assess spinal cord injuries:
Spinal cord injuries are traumatic for patients and their families. They cause disruptive changes to every aspect of your life and there is a lot of new information to navigate and understand. Our experts have collected everything in one place to help you learn more about your injury, locate doctors and treatment centers, find financial support, and get assistance navigating your next move.