Spinal Cord Injury
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The spinal cord is a long bundle of nerve cells and fibers along the spine. It carries messages between the brain and the rest of the body. A spinal cord injury (SCI) can block the path of messages traveling through the spinal cord between your brain and the rest of your body. As a result, an SCI can cause loss of feeling, movement, and function in parts of the body below the injury.
These symptoms may represent a serious problem that is an emergency. Do not wait to see if the symptoms will go away. Get medical help right away. Call your local emergency services (911 in the U.S.). Do not drive yourself to the hospital.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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