When you suffer from a spinal cord injury, there is a chance that your life will be changed forever.
Because the spinal cord is so vital to our everyday functions, it has a protection system of its own, called vertebrae.
There are a variety of ways to suffer from a spinal cord injury. But all of them have the same basic premise. Through some force, the vertebrae are no longer able to protect the spinal cord, and it is either damaged or is severed. The most common causes of SCI’s are falls, sports injuries, and violence. Another reason for spinal cord injuries is that proper care is not given promptly after the initial injury.
Thoracic vertebrae (1-12) in the upper back (attached to the ribcage)
Lumbar vertebrae (1-5) in the lower back
Sacral vertebrae (1-5 fused) in the hip area
Coccygeal vertebrae (1-4 fused) in the tailbone