Spinal cord injury (SCI) may occur when you are in an accident, fall, or have a disease that affects your spinal cord. This booklet was written by healthcare providers who care for patients and their families as they deal with these injuries or conditions. We hope that this booklet is helpful in teaching about the injured spine and spinal cord, and in answering your questions about what to expect in the days and months to come. Definite answers may not be known because the long term effects of spinal cord injury can be difficult to predict. Research continues to be done to improve treatment and outcomes of spinal cord injuries.