September is Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month. According to the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA), approximately 12,000 new spinal cord injuries occur each year in the United States, and one in 50 people live with paralysis.
A spinal cord injury results from damage to the spinal cord that prevents communication from the brain to the body. A spinal cord injury affects a person’s sensory, motor and reflex skills, as the brain’s messages cannot get past the damage in the spinal cord. Injuries can be complete or incomplete, depending on whether any movement occurs at or below the level of the injury; the higher on the spinal cord the injury occurs, the more dysfunction the person will experience.
If you or someone you know has suffered a spinal cord injury, it is important to stay educated and to use the resources available to you.
Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care
The Paralyzed Veterans of America
Founded by service members who returned from WWII with spinal cord injuries, Paralyzed Veterans of America are on a mission to change lives and build brighter futures for our nation’s seriously injured heroes. Paralyzed Veterans have 34 chapters and represent thousands of veterans in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
Christopher Reeves & Dana Foundation
The Reeve Foundation is a community for spinal cord injury questions, discussions, advice, ideas, and much more. According to its website, the Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy.