UAB Spinal Cord Injury Model System

What is a “complete” spinal cord injury?

Doctors use the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) International Standards for Neurological Classification of Spinal Cord Injury when determining the classification of injuries. A “complete” spinal cord injury is an absence of motor or sensory function in the area around the anus. This is an “ASIA A” classification on the ASIA Impairment Scale.

Understanding Spinal Cord Injury: Part 1 -  The Body Before and After Injury (PDF)
This fact sheet is intended to be a starting point for understanding the normal functions of the spinal cord and how those functions might change after spinal cord injury. This and other InfoSheets are provided by the University of Alabama at Birmingham Spinal Cord Injury Model System (UAB-SCIMS).

Understanding Spinal Cord Injury: Part 2 - Recovery and Rehabilitation (PDF)
Recovery and Rehabilitation is important to returning to functioning back to normal. There is no cure for SCI but you can learn the potential areas for improvement. This and other InfoSheets are provided by the University of Alabama at Birmingham Spinal Cord Injury Model System (UAB-SCIMS).