This article was published on March 18th, 2015
Spinal cord injuries (SCI) are more common than you think. The SIA are hoping to raise awareness of the causes of SCI and the impact it can have on individuals both physically and mentally and also how it affects families as a whole.
They have declared the 15th May 2015 will be SCI Awareness Day this year and they are asking those who have suffered an injury to approach their local press and get some media attention on their personal experience and how it has affected them and their families.
You may or may not be aware that a person is told they are unlikely to ever walk again every eight hours due to a spinal injury. That is a scary thought! Statistically, spinal cord injuries happen to mainly men aged between 15 and 40 as a result of a road traffic accident, workplace injury, sporting injury or illness etc. There is more recently a trend for older people to be affected by SCI so it can happen to anyone at any time.
The majority of those with a spinal cord injury experience muscle loss and loss of sensory control and spend the rest of their lives in a wheelchair. By raising awareness of this issue it is hoped to encourage more investment into research and development for advances in rehabilitation techniques and medical advancements in spinal repair.
It is also important to support individuals and families after an accident as it is often an extremely traumatic and life changing event.
If you are interested in raising awareness of SCI in your local area please email Helen Chapman at SCI:
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