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Our goal for the website is to provide a resource where spinal cord injury patients and their families can turn to for information.

We thank The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation ( for their support of our education program and hope visitors will return often to check out what is going on here in the Calgary Spinal Cord Injury Program at the Foothills Medical Centre.    

What is a Spinal Cord Injury?

Illness and trauma can damage the nerves located inside the spinal column.  This interferes with our ability to feel or move parts of our body.  In some cases, the damage may be permanent - while in other cases, it may be temporary, and recovery may be partial or substantial.

Paraplegia:  When individuals have normal upper body function, but have problems moving or feeling their legs, we call this "paraplegia".

Quadriplegia or Tetraplegia:  When individuals have problems with sensation or movement in their hands or arms, as well as their legs, we call this "quadriplegia" or "tetraplegia".

This 11 minute video also provides an overview of spinal cord injury, its medical classifications, its causes and the ways in which it can affect sensation and functioning.

This is one of 6 spinal cord injury videos produced by the Shepard Center (Atlanta, Georgia). You can find the other videos by clicking on the following link:  

More information about spinal cord injury is available in the FAQ section of this website. Link: FAQ