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SPINAL CORD INJURY AWARENESS DAY – FRIDAY 13th MAY…

SPINAL CORD INJURY AWARENESS DAY – Friday 13th May – Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day, encouraging businesses to show their support by taking on a Wheels at Work™ fundraiser! #SCIDay #SCI22

On Friday 13 May the Spinal Cord Injury Association will be marking Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day 2022 (SCIAD) They lead this annual event to raise awareness of spinal cord injury and highlight the challenges spinal cord injured (SCI) people face on a daily basis.

This year’s theme is all about  the everyday challenges faced by SCI people.  We know that SCI is devastating for every person and in a split second, you can lose your independence, your freedom and sometimes even your reason for staying alive.

With the challenges SCI people face hitting an all-time high throughout the past two years, we know even the most basic freedoms have been taken away from our members; leaving the house, having dinner with friends, and even getting carers in to support them with their everyday life.

For SCI people, these challenges are a part of everyday life, even outside the confines of the pandemic and as life is getting slowly back to normal, for SCI people, this happens even slower.

Life doesn’t suddenly go back to normal for SCI people with barriers to accessibility, lack of access to care and general stigma around being disabled having a profound impact on quality of life.

Alongside charity partners, we will be doing everything we can to support our members and help them overcome the daily challenges disabled people face in our society.

But we also want to celebrate those small wins, the mountains that spinal cord injured people and our community overcome every single day.

So we are asking our members and the spinal cord injured community ‘what is your everyday mountain?’

To get involved, tweet us and tell us your everyday mountain using the hashtag #EverydayMountains #SCIAD22 and tag SIA at @spinalinjuries (Twitter), @spinal_injuries (Instagram) and Spinal Injuries Association (Facebook).

Source : SCIA

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WHEN TO CONSIDER SPINAL SURGERY…

Sometimes, someone may suffer serious back pain and they begin to seek medical help. Just the way there are many different causes and different levels of severity of the pain, similarly there are also different ways of getting help. Anything that affects the back or exerts pressure on the spine may cause back pain. Back […]

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A KEYHOLE #BACK OPERATION THAT LETS YOU WALK OUT OF HOSPITAL IN TWO DAYS…

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According to an article in today’s The Daily Mail’s Good Health section a new keyhole operation for spinal injuries can mean patients walk out of hospital the following day.

Matthew Crocker is director of neurosurgery and a consultant neurosurgeon at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in London, he said ‘We estimate there are more than 10,000 spinal fractures a year in the UK. For the past two years we have been using a new minimally invasive approach through eight small holes made in the skin, which means a much faster recovery for patients.

The DIY-analogy would be that instead of taking out a wall to fit a new kitchen in one piece, we assemble it through the letterbox.

It’s been made possible by the development of hollow screws, just as strong as the solid ones used in the traditional procedure, that can be inserted and screwed in place over a guide wire.

This means the surgeon doesn’t have to open up the back to be able to see where to put the screws.

All the instruments that go with the screws, as well as the metal rods, can be inserted in the same way.

Once the bone has healed, after eight to 12 months, we remove the screws and the metalwork though the original incisions.

It really is a new paradigm in treating spinal patients. It gives the very best chance of a full recovery, and most people are able to walk out of the hospital the next day’.

We can only hope that this is the future in spinal surgery. Amazing …