Frequently Asked Questions About Spinal Cord Injuries

Below, you’ll find some of the most frequently asked questions about spinal cord injuries. Of course, if you have additional questions or have a question that isn’t answered below, our team of spinal cord injury lawyers are here to help 24/7. Call The Barnes Firm any time or contact us online to get immediate answers.

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What is a spinal cord injury?
A spinal cord injury (“SCI”) refers to any damage to the vertebrae or nerve tissue in the back. This may result in impaired movement or feeling.

What are the most common causes of spinal cord injuries?
Spinal cord injuries can be caused by a number of accidents and diseases, including:

  • Car accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Falls
  • Sports injuries
  • Diseases
  • And others

Will I be paralyzed if I break my neck or back? 
Any fracture to the vertebrae can be very painful, but if the nerves in the spinal cord have not been damaged, you won’t be paralyzed. Paralysis only happens when the nerve tissues in the spinal cord have been damaged.

What is the spinal cord?
This is a main component of the nervous system. At approximately 18 inches, it extends from the base of the brain to a person’s waist. The spinal nerves carried within the spinal cord communicate with other areas of the body and allow us to move.

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What are vertebrae?
These are the 33 bony rings that make up the spinal column. Each vertebrae are named by their location on the spine, and there are three main types of vertebrae, including:

  • Cervical vertebrae (7 vertebrae in the neck)
  • Thoracic vertebrae (12 vertebrae in the chest)
  • Lumbar vertebrae (5 vertebrae in the lower back)
  • Sacral vertebrae (5 vertebrae that run from the pelvis to the end of the spinal column).

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