Today the leading UK spinal injury charities are joining forces to raise awareness of the life-changing effects of spinal cord injury and the support available to those affected.
The 15th of May 2015 is the UK’s national Spinal Cord Injury Awareness day which aims to raise awareness and understanding of spinal cord injuries and remind people that there is still a positive future to be had following an injury.
Every eight hours someone in the UK is told they may never walk again due to a spinal cord injury (SCI). There is currently no effective treatment for SCI and it is important people understand that such an injury could happen to any one of us at any time due to an accident or illness.
There are currently an estimated 40,000 spinal cord-injured people living in the UK alone. Injury to the spinal cord often results in paralysis and can affect several areas of our daily life that we all too often take for granted. Further to the obvious problems with mobility, spinal cord injury also affects bladder and bowel control, temperature regulation, sexual function, respiration and blood pressure.
In addition, spinal cord injuries can have a huge psychological impact on those affected as well as their families and loved ones as spinal cord injured people come to terms with their injury and attempt to rebuild their lives.
Charities such as the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) want to raise awareness of the causes and impact of spinal cord injury in the general public on 15 May, and they need people’s help to do it. Events are being hosted at spinal injury centres all over the country on Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day.
If you have been affected by SCI, you can celebrate life after injury by sharing any milestones you have achieved post-injury on Facebook and Twitter using the #mymilestone hashtag. You can also contact your local newspaper to tell them about your experience of SCI and how you were supported as you rebuilt your life. Furthermore, you can hold a Fish & Chips Supper to raise awareness of SCI in your local area and raise money to support the life-long services of charities such as SIA.
Other ways you can help raise awareness of SCI include liking the Facebook page of Spinal Research - the UK’s leading charity funding medical research around the world to develop reliable treatments for paralysis caused by a broken back or neck. You can also show your support for those living with SCI by holding a Big Brew event or by raising a donation by clicking here.
Spinal Cord Injury Awareness day is a fantastic way of raising awareness about spinal cord injury and those affected and is wholeheartedly supported by Slater and Gordon Lawyers.
As specialist spinal injury lawyers we know only too well that a spinal cord injury caused by an accident, illness or surgery dramatically changes the lives of the individual and those close to them. Injury to the spine causes paralysis that can mean sufferers are unable to walk or, in cases of tetraplegia, move their limbs at all.
Events like those being held at spinal centres across the UK today are absolutely vital to educate people about the difficulties spinal cord injured people face and, most importantly, reminding spinal cord-injured people that they do not face them alone.
The Slater and Gordon Spinal Injuries team has access to a network of treatment providers and medical experts with a vast range of experience in helping people who have suffered serious injuries. We can arrange medical treatment, physiotherapy, counselling, retraining, re-housing and many other rehabilitation services. Whatever the nature and extent of your injuries, we will make sure you are in the very best hands.
If you or a member of your family are affected by spinal cord injury, please call our Spinal Injury team on freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online and we will call you.
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