About Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) occurs when there is sudden damage or trauma to the spine. SCI are often associated with accidents involving trauma, such as road traffic accidents / assaults.

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SCI causes temporary or permanent disruption to motor, sensory, or autonomic function. The severity of the injury depends on where and how the spinal cord is damaged. Many individuals will require rehabilitation following their injury which usually begins while still in hospital and continues after discharge in the community.

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What are the effects of Spinal Cord Injury?

There are many possible effects of spinal cord injury and how these impact on individuals differs greatly from person to person. The main difficulties are:

  • Paralysis
  • Loss of sensation
  • Fatigue
  • Pain
  • Spasticity
  • Low mood and adjustment

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How Case Management Services can help?

  • Assist with your transition from hospital to home
  • Assist with housing / accommodation e.g if you are unable to return to your own home
  • Plan and co-ordinate a rehabilitation programme focussing on your strengths and limitations
  • Arrange for assessment / treatment for therapists e.g. Occupational Therapy / Physiotherapy
  • Find and join hobbies or leisure activities in your area
  • Recruit and train care and support staff if required
  • Work with carers, family, friends and yourself to help gain a better understanding of how your injury affects you and those around you
  • Accessing further education and any additional support at school, college / university or employment
  • Support with regaining / relearning independent living skills
  • Help you to recognise social difficulties you may have and increase your insight
  • Seek out peer support in your area to avoid you becoming withdrawn

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