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Your spinal cord is a delicate, double layered tube that extends from your first lumbar vertebra to the base of your brain. Your spinal cord has three layers, an outer layer consisting of nerve fibers that control your body’s reaction to sensory stimuli like heat, pressure, and pain. The outer…

Central cord syndrome (CCS) is a type of spinal cord injury caused by an accident or traumatic event that damages the spine, resulting in impaired motor functionality in the upper extremities. CCS is defined by its disproportionate impairment of upper versus lower extremities, but can also be marked by a loss of…

Spinal cord lacerations are cuts or tears within the spinal cord itself. Lacerations cause a complete loss of sensation in both the immediate area and muscles that rely on the nerves that have been severed or damaged. The area affected depends on the bundle of nerves damaged. Lacerations in the…

Spinal compression is caused when too much pressure is placed on the spinal cord. Compression injuries usually occur in the two bottom vertebrae of the thoracic spine and the top vertebrae of the lumbar spine. Trauma to the spinal cord from a fall, car accident, and sports related accident, or any event that…