Spinal Cord Injury Day (SCI) is observed on 5th September every year with the objective to spread awareness amongst the general public. Increased awareness about SCI will facilitate an inclusive life for persons with disability and promote preventive programmes to stop spinal cord injuries.
This initiative taken by International Spinal Cord Society will not only help in prevention of this devastating ailment but also help persons with spinal cord injuries live a purposeful and meaningful life.
The theme for SCI 2018 is: Stop Spinal Cord Injury. The theme is highlighting the importance of primary prevention in reducing spinal cord injuries. Primary prevention means to stop a disease or disability from occurring. Primary prevention of SCI requires the cooperation and involvement of community, schools, multisectoral infrastructure providers and health care professionals.
The term ‘spinal cord injury’ (SCI) refers to damage to the spinal cord resulting from trauma or from disease or degeneration. Spinal cord injury (SCI) has devastating physical, mental, social, sexual and vocational consequences for the injured. The injury also increases the economic burden on the person who sustains a SCI and on his or her entire support network.
The common saying is, ‘Prevention is better than cure’. But in fact, where a spinal cord injury is concerned, ‘Prevention is Cure’. In many cases, it is carelessness, recklessness, ignorance or bad decisions that cause spinal cord injuries.
Common causes of SCI:
Symptoms may include partial or complete loss of sensation and movements of arms, legs and/or body. The most severe spinal cord injury affects the systems that regulate bowel or bladder control, breathing, heart rate and blood pressure.
Key facts: According to World Health Organization (WHO)
Prevent spinal cord injuries by:
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