A period of time after a spinal cord injury, when the area around the damaged cord is bruised and swollen. It can last for up to 6 weeks. During this time no messages can pass through the spinal cord below the level of injury. This will make the loss of function below the injury appear complete, and it is only once the swelling subsides that the true extent of the damage will become clearer.
The body's initial response to SCI, which lasts 3-4 weeks and causes immediate flaccid paralysis, in which the muscles are soft or weak.
the early stage of the body's response to spinal cord injury, usually lasting between 2 and 6 weeks, and during which paralysis appears complete.