SPINAL CORD INJURY
Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) is classified as a traumatic injury to the spinal cord resulting in a fracture or dislocation of the vertebrae; the result is bruising or tearing of the spinal cord tissue.
Spinal cord injuries are classified as either complete or incomplete. An incomplete injury means that the ability of the spinal cord to convey messages to or from the brain is not completely lost. People with incomplete injuries retain some motor or sensory function below the injury. A complete injury is indicated by a total lack of sensory and motor function below the level of injury.
Symptoms following a SCI are dependent on the level at which the spinal cord was injured and the extent of the injury, dependent on this an individual will suffer varying levels of suffer motor and sensory impairment or loss.
At the Birkdale Clinic we complete a detailed assessment to ensure an accurate understanding of the individual’s clinical presentation is obtained. Allowing a appropriate and specific treatment plan to be formulated which will be reassessed continually to ensure the individuals needs are met.