How are spinal cord injuries classified?

Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) can be classified based on function (how much feeling and movement you have) or on where the damage occurred. When a nerve in the spinal cord is injured, the nerve location and number are often used to describe how much damage there is.

What are the three types of spinal cord injuries?

There are three types of complete spinal cord injuries:

  • Tetraplegia.
  • Paraplegia.
  • Triplegia.

What are the two types of spinal cord injuries?

What are the types of spinal cord injuries?

  • Complete: A complete injury causes total paralysis (loss of function) below the level of the injury. It affects both sides of the body. …
  • Incomplete: After an incomplete injury, some function remains on one or both sides of the body.

What is a C4 spinal cord injury?

A C4 spinal cord injury occurs when damage is dealt about mid-way down the cervical spinal cord — the topmost portion of the spinal cord that is located in the neck and upper shoulders.

What are the most common types of spinal cord injuries?

According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), the two most common types of spinal cord injuries are incomplete tetraplegia and paraplegia, with incomplete spinal cord injuries accounting for more than 65% of all SCIs.