Spinal Cord Injuries (“SCI”) occurs when there is damage to the spinal cord. A spinal cord injury can occur either from trauma (e.g. motor vehicle accident / fall / sports injury), compression from the spinal vertebrae or a tumor / abscess or an infection or loss of its normal blood supply. Damage to the spinal cord can cause temporary or permanent changes in its function. The effects of the SCI depend on the extent to which, and the area of the spinal cord that is damaged. Many people may experience weakness or loss of movement and sensation from the level below the injury. Paraplegia describes a spinal cord injury that affects the lower limbs and parts of the trunk. Quadriplegia (also called tetraplegia) describes a spinal cord injury that affects all four limbs (from the neck down).