A spinal cord injury (SCI) is sustained by 1,000 people every year in the UK. Paralysis is only the most visible aspect of SCI, and not many people know the full impact. The 18 May is SCI Awareness Day, a day to spread awareness, knowledge and to help prevent SCI. Be #SCIAware.

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Aspire Law, specialist spinal injury lawyers from the SCI charity Aspire are dedicated to supporting everyone affected by SCI and to raising awareness.

The Real Impact of Spinal Cord Injury

The spinal cord serves almost all functions in the body from the head down – from gripping objects, to walking. It tells your brain when you need to go to toilet and controls sexual function. SCI can affect all of this and more. This can have a serious personal impact. Secondary medical issues, such as depression and isolation can be devastating – but aren’t as commonly seen. These hidden aspects of SCI shouldn’t be underestimated.

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Causes and Prevention

Road accidents lead the causes of SCI globally – falls and acts of violence follow. Most people are injured when young, and injured males outnumber injured women by at least 2:1.

SCI can be caused by unforeseeable diseases – but most causes are preventable. Everyone is encouraged to:

  • Drive safely
  • NEVER drink and drive
  • Report fall and trip hazards
  • ALWAYS use protective equipment appropriate to your work/sport

If you’re present at a serious incident where somebody has injured their neck or back, assume that a spinal cord injury could have been sustained:

  • Do NOT move them
  • Keep them still, even if they can move on their own
  • Call 999 immediately
  • Wait with them until help arrives making sure they don’t move

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