A spinal cord injury (SCI) occurs when the protection surrounding your
cord is damaged. Trauma, from a violent motor vehicle accident or a vicious
sports injury, can cause this damage, which can result in the loss of
the ability to send and receive messages from the brain to the body’s
system that controls sensory and motor function. One of the terms you’ll
often hear in reference to an SCI is complete or incomplete. Understanding
the difference between these two injury types can help you better predict
your medical needs if you are injured.
incomplete spinal cord injury means that the ability of the spinal cord to communicate with the brain
is not completely lost. Usually some sensation is possible below the level
of the injury. Others may be able to move some muscles below the site
of the injury, with the extent of control dependent on the severity of
the injury. Pain is another thing associated with an incomplete SCI; many
survivors report issues with chronic pain.
On the other hand, a
complete spinal cord injury is a total lack of sensory and motor function below the level of the injury,
thus it may lead to paralysis. In the days after a spinal cord injury,
the symptoms between complete and incomplete are almost indistinguishable,
but over time, small differences will begin to emerge. A few characteristics
of a complete SCI include loss of sensation, complete loss of motion,
difficulty controlling bladder and bowels and difficulty breathing
(if the injury is high enough on the body).
If you or a loved one has suffered a
spinal cord injury, please contact our
Clearwater personal injury attorneys at Roman & Gaynor today. We specialize in complete and incomplete
spinal cord injuries and have the experience to get you the compensation
you need for current and future needs.
Call (727) 877-1212 or contact us online
to schedule a free consultation.