Spinal injury

Alternative Names

Neck injury

Definition of Spinal injury

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.

Review

Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine; C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 7/10/2009

Skeletal spine
Vertebra, cervical (neck)
Vertebra, lumbar (low back)
Vertebra, thoracic (mid back)
Vertebral column
Central nervous system
Spinal cord injury
Spinal anatomy
Two person roll - series

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