Spinal Injury and Trauma
Spinal injury or trauma may result from direct injury to the spinal cord itself or indirectly from disease of the surrounding bones, tissues or blood vessels. Symptoms vary depending on the precise location of the injury. Spinal cord injury may cause weakness and loss of feeling at, and below, the injury. Injuries of the spinal cord at any level can cause a plethora of problems such as: increased muscle tone (spasticity), loss of normal bowel and bladder control (e.g. constipation, incontinence and bladder spasms), numbness, sensory changes, pain or weakness.