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
Call (727) 877-1212 or contact us online
to schedule a free consultation.