Understanding Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal Cord Injury occurs when there is damage to the spinal cord, that can lead to a range of physical and neurological impairments, impacting various aspects of daily life.

What is Spinal Cord Injury?

A spinal cord injury (SCI) is a profound and life-changing event that occurs when there is damage to the spinal cord, disrupting its ability to transmit signals between the brain and the rest of the body. These injuries can lead to a range of physical and neurological impairments, impacting various aspects of daily life.


  • Loss of Movement: Impaired or lost motor function below the injury site.
  • Loss of Sensation: Reduced or absent sensation below the injury site.
  • Difficulty Breathing: Depending on the level of injury, respiratory function may be affected.
  • Changes in Bowel and Bladder Control: Altered control over bowel and bladder functions.

Causes of Spinal Cord Injury

1. Traumatic Injuries:
Resulting from accidents, falls, or sports-related incidents.

2. Medical Conditions:
Conditions such as tumors, infections, or degenerative diseases affecting the spinal cord.

3. Autoimmune Disorders:
Conditions where the immune system mistakenly attacks the spinal cord.

4. Vascular Issues:
Disruption of blood supply to the spinal cord.

Your Path to Relief

Understanding the complexities of spinal cord injury is the first step toward adapting to a new reality. At Napa Pain Institute, we are committed to partnering with you on your journey to adaptation and wellness. Our personalized and multidisciplinary approach aims to address the challenges associated with spinal cord injury and enhance your overall well-being.
If you or someone you know is navigating life with a spinal cord injury, don’t hesitate to reach out. Schedule a consultation with our expert team, and let’s work together to pave the way for a fulfilling and empowered life.

Real Stories of Hope & Healing

Our Patients share their journeys

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Dr. Johansson comes to us as a fellowship-trained and board-certified pain management specialist with nearly a decade of experience. She completed her fellowship training at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD where she then became the associate program director of the pain medicine fellowship and an assistant professor of military and emergency medicine. She graduated from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond, Virginia, was Pre-medicine at San Diego State University, and received her BSN from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Her breadth of experience comes from a full career of serving in the United States Navy where she was the recipient of multiple academic and military service awards including a Meritorious Service Medal, three Navy Commendation Medals, and numerous other individual, unit, and campaign awards. She has multiple published works and is the founding member of a military Pain Medicine Special Interest Group with the American Society of Regional Anesthesia.

In her free time, Dr. Johansson enjoys traveling, is newly married, loves dogs, and enjoys cooking and baking, as well as other creative pursuits. She has a particular interest in advanced procedural techniques for chronic pain relief and the effects of lifestyle on pain and healing. She looks forward to continuing our mission of providing our patients with the best care, every day.

Eric Grigsby, MD, MBA

CEO & Founder of Neurovations

Dr. Eric Grigsby enjoys a national reputation for excellence in the field of Pain Management. He has a background as a researcher, teacher and clinician and brings over 30 years of clinical experience to the Napa Pain Institute. Dr. Grigsby attended elementary and secondary school in his hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee, and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Economics from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He formed an interest in Pain Management as a career while working at Boston Children’s Hospital in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery.

After graduating from Boston University Medical School in 1984, Dr. Grigsby trained in General Surgery, Anesthesiology, and Pain Management at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He was invited to join the Medical Staff and teach at the Mayo Medical School until moving to California in 1989. The Dean of the University of California at Davis Medical Center then invited Dr. Grigsby to establish their first Pain Management Center, where he served as Medical Director until 1992. Following his post at UC Davis, Dr. Grigsby established his private Pain Management practice in Napa, California.

Today, he and his staff of over 50 professionals consult with patients throughout Northern California and the western United States.  More recently, Dr Grigsby completed his Masters in Business Administration from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He speaks nationally on topics such as non-operative treatment of spinal disorders, the safe use of medications for the treatment of pain, and the legal and regulatory issues relating to the proper treatment of patients with chronic illness.