Spinal cord injuries are classified as either complete or incomplete, depending on the extent of the damage to the cord.
The effect of the spinal cord injury will depend upon the severity of the lesion. There are typically two types of lesions associated with a spinal cord injury which include:
Complete spinal cord injury – a person with this type of injury is completely paralyzed below the lesion. This paralysis is associated with an absence of pain, pressure, temperature and sensation.
Incomplete spinal cord injury – a person with this type of injury may have some loss of movement and sensation below the level of their lesion as there is only partial injury to the spinal cord.