SCI Reference Library

SCI PDF Resources

About SCI

Spinal Injury 101 Understanding SCI Booklet
North American Spine Society NASS Public Education Series

Preventing SCI

Shepherd Center SCI Student Workbook
American Spinal Injury Association ASIA – Watch Your Back: SCI Awareness
Hawaii Concussion Awareness & Management Program HCAMP – Project: Head, Neck, Spine

Living with SCI

Paralyzed Veterans of America A Guide to Self-Care for Persons with SCI
SCI Model System Understanding SCI – The Before and After Injury
Craig Hospital Craig Hospital – SCI Handbook

SCI Research

SCI Medical Terminology

SCI Glossary

Ambulation A walking motion often aided by braces and/or crutches. Using functional electrical stimulation (FES) to fire their leg muscles, people with paralysis can ambulate short distances.
Central Cord Syndrome Trauma to the center part of the cord only; may affect arms but not leg movement.
Gait The manner in which a human or animal walks.
L1 Surface, or cell adhesion, protein that encourages the regrowth of nerve fibers.
Plasticity Ability of nerve circuitry to remodel itself.

For more SCI medical terminology, please visit Christopher Reeve Foundation – Spinal Cord Injury Glossary.


  1. NINH – National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke – Disorders. June 09, 2021.
  2. National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, Facts and Figures at a Glance. Birmingham, AL: University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2020. June 09, 2021
  3. Mayo Clinic – Spinal Cord Injury – Diseases and Conditions. June 14, 2021.
  4. Shepherd Center – Spinal Cord Injury. June 17, 2021.
  5. Hollister Incorporated – Spinal Cord Injury Complications. June 17, 2021.
  6. University of Michigan Health – Michigan Medicine, Spinal Cord Injury: Adapting Your Home. June 17, 2021.
  7. Spinal – What are the Best Apps for Spinal Cord Injury Caregivers. June 17, 2021.
  8. Christopher& Dana Reeve Foundation – Spinal Cord Glossary. June 17, 2021.