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.
SCI Awareness Month
SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL SCI AWARENESS MONTH!
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, more than 17,900 new spinal cord injuries take place every year. An SCI often represents a shocking, overwhelming, isolating, and traumatic event—not only for an individual but also for their family, friends, and community.
Every individual living with an SCI may experience unique physical, mental, and emotional impacts after injury. An SCI can result in multiple short-term, long-term, or lifelong medical concerns.
Please check out the Resource List, and articles listed below, or go to the websites listed above for additional information and support.
Spinal Cord Injury Information
Resource guide on adjusting to a new spinal cord injury. How it impacts life, living, family and relationships.
A reference card on common conditions subsequent to spinal cord injury and suggestions for prevention and intervention.
This data sheet is a quick reference on demographics and the use of services by people with spinal cord injury (SCI).
New research related to spinal cord injury and paralysis.
Information and resources on how to age with a spinal cord injury.
A resource guide on information and national organizations related to injury prevention.
Resource guide for survivors and family on different types of interventions and therapies for SCI and paralysis.
A list of national organizations and agencies who support Veterans and providing them with information and resources.
A list of national organizations and agencies that provide supports and services to Native Americans on disability and health related issues.
Resource guide on suicide prevention and education with a list of national organizations and hotline numbers.
A list of resources and information on substance abuse and disability with national organizations contact information.
Informational guide on pain management after SCI or paralysis with a list of resources and contact information.
An informational fact sheet on how to properly care for your skin to help prevent pressure related injuries and SCI or paralysis.
Information and resources on how to manage bladder care after SCI or paralysis.
Information and resources on how to manage bowel care after SCI or paralysis.
A resource fact sheet on sexuality and fertility for women after SCI or paralysis.
A resource fact sheet on sexuality after SCI or paralysis for men.
A comprehensive list of resources in Arizona for all types of disability related issues.
Resources and information on how to adjust to your new spinal cord injury.
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
SCI Resource Library
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Travis Roy Foundation
SCI Overview and Resources
U.S Department of Veterans Affairs
SCI System of Care Information