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What are the symptoms of SCI?

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According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, there are many different symptoms or signs of SCI. Some of the more common signs of SCI include1:

  • Extreme pain or pressure in the neck, head, or back
  • Tingling or loss of sensation in the hand, fingers, feet, or toes
  • Partial or complete loss of control over any part of the body
  • Urinary or bowel urgency, incontinence, or retention
  • Difficulty with balance and walking
  • Abnormal band-like sensations in the thorax—pain, pressure
  • Impaired breathing after injury
  • Unusual lumps on the head or spine

  1. American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Spinal cord injury facts. Retrieved June 21, 2012, from http://www.aans.org/Patient%20Information/Fact%20Sheets.aspx External Web Site Policy [top]

Last Reviewed: 05/28/2013
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