What are the symptoms of SCI?

According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, there are many different symptoms or signs of SCI. Some of the more common signs of SCI include1:

  • Extreme pain or pressure in the neck, head, or back
  • Tingling or loss of sensation in the hand, fingers, feet, or toes
  • Partial or complete loss of control over any part of the body
  • Urinary or bowel urgency, incontinence, or retention
  • Difficulty with balance and walking
  • Abnormal band-like sensations in the thorax—pain, pressure
  • Impaired breathing after injury
  • Unusual lumps on the head or spine

  1. American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Spinal cord injury facts. Retrieved June 21, 2012, from http://www.aans.org/Patient%20Information/Fact%20Sheets.aspx External Web Site Policy [top]

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