September Is National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month
Thousands of Americans experience a spinal cord injury each year. These injuries are devastating and can result in life long care causing significant physical challenges and emotional stress. Living with a spinal cord injury is extremely costly and can result in life long medical bills, loss of income, lengthy hospital stays, rehabilitation services and more.
Below are recent statistics on spinal cord injuries:
- There are about 17,000 new spinal cord injuries a year.
- About 282,000 people are currently living with a SCI.
- The average age of injury is 42 years.
- Males account for about 80% of all spinal cord injuries.
A spinal cord injury can be sudden. It can happen at any given time from playing your favorite sport, a motor vehicle accident, a serious fall, or any high-risk activity.
It is important to know the symptoms and seek immediate medical attention after an accident. The most common symptoms include:
- Pain, numbness or a burning sensation
- Inability to move or walk
- Inability to feel pressure, heat or cold
- Muscle spasms
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
- Difficulty breathing
Every injury is different and not all spinal cord injuries present immediate symptoms. Depending on the severity and location of an injury, symptoms may be delayed due to swelling and bleeding around the spinal cord.
As we enter into Spinal Cord Injury Awareness month in September it’s important to know the facts, be aware of the symptoms and show your support by wearing green in the month of September.
If you or a loved one suffers a spinal cord injury in any type of accident due to negligence, call Graves McLain right away at 918-359-6600. When you call one of our experienced Tulsa Spinal Cord Injury attorneys, we will speak with you for FREE and determine the best course of action.
We will review every detail of your situation at no cost to you and fight hard to protect your rights. Trust our team, we are here to help.
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