The 5 Levels of Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries are the result of trauma to the spinal cord, such as in a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall, or physical altercation.

These injuries range in severity from minor to severe and are classified in the following ways:

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•    Level A: complete SCI with no preservation of mobility or motor function.
•    Level B: “incomplete” SCI with reservation of motor skills and sensory function but severely limited mobility
•    Level C: incomplete SCI with reservation of motor skills, sensory functions, more than half of the key muscles have a mass lower than 3, and active mobility.
•    Level D: incomplete SCI with reservation of motor skills, sensory functions, at least half of the key muscles have a mass lower than 3, and active mobility.
•    Level E: normal motor skills, sensory functions, muscle mass, and mobility.

The best way to treat a spinal cord injury is to prevent it altogether. But of course, since this isn’t always possible, it’s critical that you receive immediate and thorough medical treatment. This isn’t the type of injury you should attempt to treat at home.

Virginia Spine Specialists is an award-winning, minimally invasive spinal care practice with locations in Fredericksburg, VA and Manassas, VA. We also serve these Northern and Central Virginia locations: Haymarket, Gainesville, Culpepper, Front Royal, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Colonial Beach, Tappahannock and Lake Anna.

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