Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day
Every year on May 18, the Spinal Injuries Association organises the Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day. This event aims to increase greater public awareness and understanding of Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), specifically its physical, psychological, and social impact, and treatments. The event also aspires to raise funds for patient care and research.
What is Spinal Cord Injury?
The spinal cord is responsible for carrying messages from the brain to the various parts of the human body. These signals are necessary for most bodily functions such as mobility, breathing, blood pressure, bowel and bladder control, hormone production, sensation, among many others. Any damage to the spinal cord can hinder some or all of these functions.
According to the World Health Organization, there are between 250,000 to 500,000 people who suffer from SCI on an annual basis. The WHO estimates that majority of these occurrences are from preventable causes, accidents, and violence. Aside from this, SCI can also be caused by illness and infection.
Each Spinal Cord Injury is unique to the person suffering it. There are many factors that determine the severity of the injury’s effects such as the location of the injury, and the amount of trauma experienced. Severe injury in the upper spine can also lead to full body paralysis or quadriplegia. While severe damage to the lower spine can lead to lower-body paralysis or paraplegia coupled with the inability to control bowel and bladder movements.
SCI Awareness Day 2018
The event organisers hope to help people gain a better understanding of the gravity of the Spinal Cord Injury, how it affects real people and the nature of available treatments. Activities held during the day aim to educate not only the general public, but patients, and healthcare professionals as well.
To join in on the effort, the organizers are calling on everyone to help turn the spotlight on SCI, the experiences of people diagnosed with the condition. Helping out can be as simple as sharing and retweeting posts on SCI awareness. For anyone who wants to help spread the word in their communities, they can organise local events or put up posters promoting the event at local sports centres, schools, shops, and more.
Anyone doing other things can also share about what they are doing to help Spinal Cord Injury Research. People who are battling with SCI can talk about their lifestyle adjustments and their individual recovery or treatment regimen online or at live events.
Lastly, anyone wanting to help out can make a donation to various non-profit organisations providing care and research institutions studying the condition.
Through a greater global awareness of Spinal Cord Injury repercussions, better safety measures can be put in place to prevent the occurrence of these injuries and more funds can be directed towards research and development of treatments.
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