This lesson will explore the following topics:

The purpose of this lesson is to acquaint the student with the medical aspects of spinal cord injury. This lesson will describe the causes, prevalence and functions of the spinal cord.

  • Identify the basic structures of the spinal column and the segments of the spinal cord
  • Describe the basic functions of the spinal column, spinal cord, and central nervous system
  • Explain how spinal cord injuries are classified

Learning Activities

1. Listen to the audio lecture “Spinal Cord Injury – Basics Related to Life Care Planning” by Dr. Terry Winkler. Click here for the PDF notes for the lectureIn this audio lecture, Dr. Terry Winkler explains the basics of life care planning for individuals with spinal cord injury. He discusses anatomy, epidemiology, etiology, and common complications experienced by individuals with spinal cord injury.

2. Read Chapter 17: “Life Care Planning for Spinal Cord Injury” (pgs. 498-504) in Life Care Planning and Case Management Handbook (4th edition) or Chapter 18: “Life Care Planning for Spinal Cord Injury” (pgs. 616-622) in Life Care Planning and Case Management Handbook (3rd edition).

In this portion of Chapter 18, the authors discuss pertinent history related to spinal cord injury (SCI) as well as the prevalence and causes of a SCI. The functions of the spinal cord and its basic anatomy are explained. The student will be introduced to different types of spinal cord damage and the standard neurological classification of SCI.

3. Read “Spinal Cord Injury and Life Care Planning” – Click here for the Reading

4. For additional information on Muscles Supplied and Functions Served by Spinal Nerve Motor Roots see document – Table of Muscle Supplied Functions

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