What is a spinal injury?
A spinal injury involves damage to the spinal cord. The spinal cord is a strand of nerves and tissues that runs inside the spinal column (the vertebrae). The spinal cord links the brain to the rest of the body.
Damage to the spinal cord causes extensive pain. It can also mean losing control of parts of the body. In severe cases, damage to the spinal cord results in paralysis.
What are the causes of spinal injury?
According to the World Health Organisation, most spinal cord injuries are preventable. They are often caused by falls, road accidents and violence.
Other causes include: