Spinal injury

  • Definition

    The spinal cord contains the nerves that carry messages between your brain and body. The cord passes through your neck and back. A spinal cord injury is very serious because it can cause loss of movement (paralysis) below the site of the injury.

    Alternative Names

    Neck injury

    A spinal cord injury may be caused by:
    • Bullet or stab wound
    • Traumatic injury to the face, neck, head, chest, or back (for example, a car accident)
    • Diving accident
    • Electric shock
    • Extreme twisting of the middle of the body
    • Landing on the head during a sports injury
    • Fall from a great height