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Spinal cord injury

A spinal cord injury (SCI) may cause a loss of movement and feeling below the site of injury. You can get a spinal cord injury from a trauma, such as a car accident or a fall.

Spinal cord injuries are either complete or incomplete. A complete injury results in no feeling or movement below the site of the injury. An incomplete injury allows some feeling and movement. People with SCI also may have other problems, such as not being able to control urination and bowel movements. Those whose spinal cords are injured in the neck often need devices to help them breathe.

People living with SCI may need to change some aspect of their workplace or home to help them live with their disability. But many people with SCIs are able to lead full, productive lives.

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Content last updated: September 22, 2009.

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