Spinal Cord Injury [Symptoms Description]
The level of Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) determines what parts of the body might be affected by paralysis and loss of function. The level of injury refers to the lowest point on the spinal cord where there is a decrease or absence of motor and/or sensory function. Generally speaking, the higher the spinal cord injury, the more effect the injury has on movement and/or feeling. For example, an injury of the cervical spinal cord may result in full paralysis and make it impossible to breathe without a respirator, while an injury of the lumbar spinal cord may result in paralysis or weakness in the legs and cause some loss of body function in the lower extremities.