Your spinal cord consists of nerves that carry impulses between your brain and the rest of your body. Rings of bone known as vertebrae surround your spinal cord. A spinal cord injury occurs if you experience trauma directly to the nerves or the vertebrae around your spinal cord.
Spinal cord injuries can be debilitating. They can result in lost mobility, feeling and function. But how do spinal cord injuries happen? Here are the most common causes of spinal cord injuries according to Mayo Clinic.