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Three Common Spinal Cord Injury Types and Outcomes

It’s been nearly two hours since you got the call from your child’s school. You’ve been pacing up and down the halls of Christus St. Patrick, anxiously waiting for a doctor to tell you anything about what’s happening with your little boy. So far, the only thing you know is what his principal told you as you rushed to the hospital. He was outside playing on the jungle gym, when a chain broke and he fell, back first, onto a metal pole. 

Your nerves are shot and you’re about two seconds from making a scene, when his doctor finally comes out to talk to you. He explained that your son has suffered a major spinal cord injury, and at the present time, is unable to move his arms and legs. However, it will still be a few hours, if not days, before the extant of the paralysis is made clear.

Hopefully, the injury is only a spinal compression and the bruising is what is causing the paralysis, but there is a chance it could be a paraplegic or quadriplegic injury.

You’re absolutely stunned. After hearing the words, spinal compression, paraplegia, and quadriplegia, your mind completely blanked out. What does that mean? What’s the difference, and will your baby ever walk again?

Types of Paralytic Spinal Cord Injuries

Every type of spinal cord injury, even minor bruising, can be traumatic. The saying, “you never know what you have until it’s gone,” is never as apparent as it is for spinal cord injury (SCI) victims who lose the ability to move, communicate, and function.

The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), recently published a report stating that nearly 12,000 new cases of spinal cord injuries occur each year, and there are currently over 275,000 people living with one of the following forms of paralytic spinal cord injuries.

  • Spinal compression. When your vertebrae has too much pressure placed upon it, it can cause your spinal cord to be pushed down on itself. This can occur anywhere from your neck down to your lower spine and cause symptoms, such as numbness, pain, and weakness.
  • Paraplegia. When the spinal cord is injured—bruised, severed, or crushed—below the neck, it causes a loss of sensation and movement in the legs and in part or all of the trunk—chest, abdomen, and hips.
  • Quadriplegia. When the spinal cord is injured at the neck it can cause complete paralysis of all four limbs—from the neck down.


All three of these SCIs can pose extreme mobility, psychological, financial, and treatment problems. When you suffer a catastrophic injury such as an SCI, you’re entire way of life can change. Don’t allow it to change for the worse. Contact us for a free consultation and review of your case. We can help you through the injury claim process step by step and support you throughout your case. We’ll not only be there to make sure you get the compensation you need for your treatment, but also to make sure you remain confident and strong in order to get the justice you deserve. Don’t hesitate, let us help you start this new stage of your life, on the right foot. Call now!

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