Spinal cord injury is currently a life-long burden on both the person impacted and society at large.
In Australia around one person sustains a spinal cord injury every day, and many of these individuals are under the age of 24. There are currently 15,000 Australians living with spinal cord injury. Aside from the personal trauma, the cost to our society to care for spinal injured people is $2 billion a year. Without an effective cure for spinal cord injury, the emotional and financial costs to individuals, their families and to our community are life-long.
Spinal cord injury can happen to anyone at any time. It is not just about being in a wheelchair, there is also a lack of control, independence and freedom. The type of disability which occurs after the spinal cord is injured depends on the severity of injury and the location of the injured segment of the spinal cord. A damaged or severed spinal cord means the region of the body below the level of injury becomes paralysed. In cases of complete paralysis, all functions below the level of injury will be lost.
After a spinal cord injury, the nerve fibres, which send motor signals from the brain to the torso and the limbs are impaired and this causes paralysis of the muscles. Destruction of sensory nerve fibres leads to loss of sensations such as touch, pain and the ability to distinguish between hot and cold. Less well-known is that spinal cord injury can also severely limit bladder and bowel control, sexual performance, blood pressure and sometimes the ability to breathe unaided.
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