When people talk about a ‘spinal cord injury’, it is important to establish where the injury took place on the spinal cord. Because different specialists explain an injury using different terminology, you may feel more confused after having met with several specialists than you would otherwise.
Understanding basic spinal cord anatomy
In order to have a better understanding of what you are being told and to clear up any confusion, you have to understand basic spinal anatomy. Remember that the spinal cord and the spine itself are two different structures. The spinal cord runs from the base of the brain to just above the tailbone and is a series of fibers and nerve cells. It has some protection because of the bony vertebrae of the spine.