Name Spinal Injuries
Related to/Also known as  
Symptoms of Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) is damage to the spinal cord, which results in a loss of function, such as mobility or feeling. Most spinal cord damage occurs as a result of physical injury, such as car accidents, gunshot, falls etc. The level of injury and extent of paralysis depends on where the spinal cord was damaged and how severely. The spinal cord is divided into four sections:

  • Cervical (C) - the neck region
  • Thoracic (T) - the chest region
  • Lumbar (L) - the lower back region
  • Sacral (S) - the tailbone region

Each of these regions has a number of vertebrae and spinal nerves, and thus the site of the damage may be described as, for example, L3, or C 4.

Useful national contacts

 Legal Advice through The Brain Charity

Spinal Injuries Association (SIA)
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Helpline: 0800 980 0501
• The Merseyside Spinal Injuries Group meets at The Brain Charity

Brain & Spine Foundation
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Helpline: 0808 808 1000

Aspire: supporting people with spinal injury
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Tel: 020 8954 5759

Back Up: for everyone effected by spinal  cord injury
Tel. 020 8875 1805
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CSF Leak Association
Charity working to raise the profile and support understanding of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks, and provides support to sufferers and carers.
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Children & young people  Support for children and young people (Back Up)
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News and Events Being Frank: The Frank Gardner Story (BBC, November 2020)
Frank talks about his spinal injuries
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Online resources Coronavirus shielding and vaccination  (Spinal Injuries Association)
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Coronavirus and SCI (Spinal Injuries Association)
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What is a spinal cord injury? (Spinal Research)
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Understanding spincal cord injury (Spinal Injuries Association)
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 Living with a condition (The Brain Charity)
Our resources

The library at The Brain Charity has a range of resources on Spinal Cord Injury and on a wide range of disability-related issues.

Spinal cord injury Visit our library to read the booklet Spinal cord injury by the U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).