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Understanding Spinal Cord Injury

Posted on September 18, 2023

Our spinal cords are designed to transmit messages between our brains and our bodies. When those messages get cut off due to injury, the results can be devastating. Spinal cord injury can result from any number of things, including motor vehicle accidents, falls, gunshot wounds, sports injuries, or surgical complications. These injuries can result in permanent damage to strength and sensation.

To fully understand the extent of spinal cord injuries, we share this roundup of the types and levels of spinal cord injury:


There are two basic types of spinal cord injuries: complete and incomplete. Complete spinal cord injuries result in permanent damage and cause paraplegia or tetraplegia, also known as quadriplegia. Incomplete spinal cord injuries cause partial damage. In incomplete injuries, a person may be able to move and have some feeling.


The spinal cord has four sections: cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and sacral. Each relates to different groups of nerves that control the body.

Not every patient can recover from spinal cord injury. Getting funds for special needs and care can make all the difference between a life of hardship or one of support. Tom Duffy has been a member of the board of Magee Rehabilitation Foundation for over 20 years. He is keenly aware of developments in spinal cord care and has obtained 8-figure verdicts for people who have suffered spinal cord injuries in Philadelphia.

Please contact us if you would like to discuss the details of your case.