Transformaing lives after spinal cord injury

About spinal cord injury

Spinal cord injury affects people of all ages and backgrounds.

It could happen to any of us, at any time for a variety of reasons, the most common of which are road traffic accidents, falls, illness or sporting accidents.

A spinal cord injury is permanent.

When your spinal cord is damaged it interrupts the flow of messages between the brain, skin, muscles and organs of the body, leading to the loss of movement and/or sensation in different parts of your body. The extent of this depends on where the spinal cord has been damaged in relation to the vertebrae of the back and to the level of injury.

A spinal cord injury also has psychological impacts on the person with the injury and their family. Depression and anxiety are not uncommon in those affected by spinal cord injury with many people feeling that the things most important to them in life may never be the same.

A FIFTH of people leaving spinal centres are clinically depressed.  

In the UK there are an estimated 40,000 people living with a spinal cord injury.

EVERY EIGHT HOURS, someone’s life will change forever as a result of being injured.

Find out how you can help Back Up support even more people with a spinal cord injury.


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