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Accidents such as fall, gunshot, vehicular accidents, mauling and other similar violent incident may result to a very serious complication termed as Spinal Cord Injury. There have been a growing number of cases of spinal cord injury each year and is undoubtedly alarming because for one to incur spinal cord injury means that he or she is in a critical state. But what makes SCI critical? Spinal cord plays a very important role in the body. The spinal cord serves as the passageway and link of all body parts to the brain such that it enables motor, sensory and neural functions to occur. Every bit of processes and movements in the body that is responsible for maintaining life is linked to the brain, in one way or another. And without this link, the person may no longer be able to breath, move and feel.
The type and severity of the injury will reflect the part of the body that will be affected. Spinal cord injury recovery will also be based on the type of spinal cord injury treatment depending on the severity of the trauma as assessed by the physician. It is very critical to provide immediate care and treatment to the patient in order to save his or her life and to still maintain the functions of the body.
There are two major classifications of Spinal Cord Injury namely the Complete and Incomplete and Spinal cord injury recovery will be formulated depending on the type of injury.
Complete Spinal Cord Injury
Complete spinal cord injury is characterized by total loss or absence of motor and sensory functions below the affected level. However, lack of movement may not totally mean that the nerves and axons are gone. In complete spinal cord injury, the axons are still there but are not functioning properly or normally as how they used to be. Spinal cord injury recovery is patterned to help develop functions again and to maintain these processes so that the patient will be able to function the same way again.
Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury
Incomplete Injury happens when only some of the functions below the injured spinal cord level can no longer convey messages to and from the brain thereby movement and sensation can no longer be felt.
Types of Spinal Cord Injury
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