Between 800 and 1200 people experience a traumatic spinal cord injury every year in the UK alone, the most at risk age group being those aged between 15 and 25. The majority of these cases result in permanent paralysis. In total, there are something like 40,000 people living with the effects of spinal cord injury in the UK, equivalent to around 1 in 1,500. Most of these people are full time wheelchair users. According to a survey carried out by the British Associaton of Spinal Cord Injury Specialists (BASCIS) in the year 2000, the most common causes of spinal cord injury are road traffic accidents, domestic accidents and incidents while playing sport. From their survey the figures for that year were:road traffic accidents 36% falls 42% sport 12% other 10% Spinal cord injuries are almost always very serious, and generally result in some level of paralysis. The location of the injury and the degree of damage are the two main factors that determine the resulting disability. A serious injury to the neck may lead to paralysis in the arms, legs and torso, with impaired breathing and impairments to other bodily functions. This is known as tetraplegia or quadriplegia. Injuries at… Read full this story
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