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The segment of the spinal cord at which the damage occurs determines which parts of the body are affected. Damage at one segment will affect function at that segment and segments below it.
Sacrum Region (S1 - S5)
This region relay signals to the groin, toes, and some parts of the legs.
Lumbar Region (L1 - L5)
This region control signals to the hips and legs.
Thoracic Region (T1 - T12)
This region relay signals to the torso and some parts of the arms.
Cervical Region (C1 - C7)
This region control signals to the neck, arms, hands, and muscles of breathing (the diaphragm)
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