Spinal Injury Support
The spinal cord is an extension of the brain and is made up of a thick bundle of nerves, which carry messages from our brain to the rest of our body. These messages help us to move our body, feel pressure and control vital functions like breathing, blood pressure, bladder and bowels. When the spinal cord is seriously damaged, the communication between our brain and the rest of our body is disrupted, which can potentially result in a loss of movement and sensation, more commonly known as paralysis.
Damage to the spinal cord can be caused by a trauma such as an accident, or as a result of infection or disease. All spinal injuries are different and can affect people different ways, depending on where the injury is on the spine. For example, the higher up you damage the spinal cord, the more movement and sensation is likely to be lost.
Although spinal cord injury may disrupt the plans and activities you had, life does go on and it can be as rich and fulfilling as before. There are many national charities, organisations and regional support groups in place to help and support you. Whether you need advice or someone to talk to, the Personal Truths team have pulled together some of the many resources available to you:
- Spinal Injuries Association: spinal.co.uk
- Back Up: backuptrust.org.uk
- Aspire: aspire.org.uk
- BASIC (brain and spinal injury centre): basiccharity.org.uk
- Brain & Spine Foundation: brainandspine.org.uk
- Spirit: spirit-charity.co.uk
- Spinal Research: spinal-research.org
- Spinal Cord Injuries Network: spinal-injury.net
- NHS: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/paralysis/
- NHS Support Services
- Southern Spinal Injuries Trust: http://www.ssit.org.uk
- Spinal Injuries Scotland: http://www.sisonline.org
- Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation: nsif.org.uk
- International Spinal Cord Society: http://www.iscos.org.uk/
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