Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

About Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) is trauma or damage that results in temporary or permanent changes in the spinal cord’s normal motor, sensory, or autonomic function.

Frequent causes of SCI include motor vehicle crashes, falls, acts of violence (gunshot wounds), and sports and recreational activities.

The effects of SCI depend on the type of injury and the level of the injury. 

SCI can be divided into two types of injury – complete and incomplete:

  • A complete injury means that there is no sensation or voluntary movement below the level of the injury.
  • An incomplete injury means that there is some functioning below the primary level of the injury. A person with an incomplete injury  may be able to move one or more limbs or may be able to feel parts of the body that cannot be moved.

According to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, nearly 1 person in 50 is living with paralysis.

To learn more: Visit Arizona Spinal Cord Injury Association.

To connect with the national network of people living with paralysis, visit the Paralysis Resource Center at the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.

Spinal Cord Injury Information

Additional  Resources

Listed below are online resources and information related to spinal cord injury and paralysis. 

United Spinal Association

What is Spinal Cord Injury/Disorder?

Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center

Living With SCI Resources

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

Paralysis Resource Center

Craig Hospital

SCI Resource Library

Move United

Adaptive Sports

Paralyzed Veterans of America


Travis Roy Foundation

SCI Overview and Resources

New Mobility


U.S Department of Veterans Affairs

SCI System of Care Information

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