What is spinal cord injury?

A spinal cord injury is an injury to the spinal cord or nerves. Its effects can be short-term or long-lasting. A spinal cord injury affects the ability to feel or move the body. It can also affect breathing and control of bowels or bladder. Common causes of spinal cord injury are anything that breaks or tears the spinal bones or cords. Here are some links to learn more about how to prevent spinal cord injury: