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The purpose of the spinal cord is to transmit signals from the brain to the rest of the body. If the nerves can’t connect with the brain after a spinal cord injury, you or a loved one may lose several vital bodily functions. It is vital to comprehend how they differ and what symptoms are related to each level of spinal cord injury because there are many forms of these injuries.

Damage to the small network of nerves and cells that transmits and receives messages from the brain to the rest of the body is known as a spinal cord injury (SCI). SCI can result through damage to the vertebrae and surrounding tissue as well as direct injury to the spinal cord itself. Under the injury site, this damage may cause temporary or permanent alterations to sensation, mobility, strength, and bodily functioning. While more catastrophic injuries that occur higher on the spinal cord and generate greater cell death might result in paralysis across most of the body, other injuries that can cause partial paralysis or minor injuries that induce little to no cell death may allow for an almost full recovery. 

The spinal cord can still send and receive certain signals from the brain to the rest of the body after an incomplete injury. A complete injury means there is no motor function (voluntary movement) or nerve connection below the location of the trauma.

Spinal cord injury stats among Canadians

Over 86,000 Canadians are estimated to be living with spinal cord injury, with about 4,300 new instances occurring yearly, according to the Rick Hansen Institute, a nonprofit organization devoted to spinal cord injury research.

Which spinal cord injury occurs most frequently?

Damage to the spinal cord is a component of traumatic spinal cord injuries. The spinal tissues, discs, or other bones may be impacted by this. Following trauma to the spinal cord, injury may result in:

  • Complete or partial severing of the spinal cord
  • Compression of the spinal cord
  • Pulling or bending of the spinal cord

Though assault and gunshot wounds can occasionally result in injury, accidents and unintentional trauma account for the majority of traumatic spinal cord injuries.

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If you have a question or need assistance, our team of personal injury lawyers is here to help. We know every personal injury case is unique and we work hard to make sure our clients are fairly compensated.

If you are unable to travel to our downtown Ottawa office, one of our lawyers or paralegals can come to meet you at your home or some other convenient location. During the free consultation, we will get to know you and to understand the nature of your injuries, as well as the impact the accident is having on you and your family. Contact us for a free consultation with a lawyer with complete knowledge about car accident claims. We know it’s personal.