Spinal cord injury

Spinal cord injury (SCI)  is considered to be damage to the spinal cord that results in a loss-of-function; it usually occurs due to trauma, for example, a car accident, or a medical condition, such as Spina bifida.

  • 46% of spinal cord injuries a result of  Land Transport accidents

What's the risk? 

While an SCI can happen to anyone, certain individuals are more prone

  • Men - 80% of Spinal cord injuries occur in men 
  • People between the ages of 18 to 35 years are more likely to sustain spinal injuries (usually from car or motorcycle accidents)
  • Athletes, in particular gymnasts, divers and surfers are at increased risk.

The average age of a spinal cord injury is 42 years in men and 53 in women.

SCI  imposes a large burden on the individual, their families and Carers in the economy as a result of the high-level and long-term disability and increased mortality risk.

Approximately 60% with SCI are wheelchair dependent and may require home modifications and specialised equipment

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