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National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month

September 1, 2023 - September 30, 2023

🎗️ Join us in Honoring Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month! 🎗️

Discover the Power of Unity, Empathy, and Inclusion

September is here, and with it comes Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month, a time to stand together and raise our voices for those whose lives have been affected by spinal cord injuries. Let us take a moment to reflect on the journey, remember the heroes, and pave the way for a more accessible and inclusive future.

Here are ten important facts about spinal cord injuries:

  1. Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI) can result from various causes, such as trauma, accidents, falls, sports injuries, or medical conditions like tumors or infections.
  2. The spinal cord plays a crucial role in transmitting messages between the brain and the rest of the body. When it is damaged, it can lead to a partial or complete loss of sensory and motor functions below the level of the injury.
  3. The severity and effects of spinal cord injuries can vary widely, depending on the location and extent of the damage. Injuries higher up on the spinal cord often result in more significant functional impairments.
  4. Spinal cord injuries can cause paralysis, which can be classified as paraplegia (loss of sensation and motor function in the lower limbs) or tetraplegia (also known as quadriplegia, affecting both the arms and legs).
  5. Beyond physical limitations, spinal cord injuries can also lead to secondary health complications, such as respiratory problems, bladder and bowel dysfunction, pressure ulcers, chronic pain, and increased susceptibility to infections.
  6. Rehabilitation is a crucial component of recovery for individuals with spinal cord injuries. It aims to maximize independence, improve mobility, manage complications, and enhance overall quality of life.
  7. Assistive devices and technologies, such as wheelchairs, braces, and advanced mobility aids, can greatly enhance mobility and independence for people with spinal cord injuries.
  8. Ongoing medical advancements and research offer hope for potential treatments and therapies to restore function and improve outcomes for individuals with spinal cord injuries.
  9. The psychological and emotional impact of spinal cord injuries should not be underestimated. Mental health support and counseling are vital to help individuals cope with the emotional challenges and adjust to their new circumstances.
  10. Spinal cord injury awareness, advocacy, and community support play essential roles in promoting inclusivity, accessibility, and equal opportunities for individuals with spinal cord injuries. Collaboration among medical professionals, researchers, policymakers, and the general public is crucial in advancing the rights and well-being of those affected.

Remember, these facts provide a general overview, and each spinal cord injury case is unique. It’s important to consult medical professionals and organizations specializing in spinal cord injuries for personalized information and guidance.

We invite you to join a month-long series of engaging and inspiring events. Together, we will shine a light on the history, needs, and accomplishments of the spinal cord injury community, while promoting awareness and understanding in our society.

 

Step into History:

Learn about the remarkable milestones achieved in spinal cord injury research and advocacy, and gain a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by individuals with spinal cord injuries. Our interactive exhibits and virtual tours will transport you through time, shedding light on the groundbreaking discoveries and the unwavering resilience of the community.

 

Uniting for Change:

Discover the power of collective action as we celebrate the unity and strength within the spinal cord injury community. Engage in open dialogues, share personal stories, and participate in empowering workshops, all designed to foster compassion and promote inclusivity.

 

Colors of Hope:

Throughout the month, the spinal cord injury community will proudly display their identification with vibrant symbols of support. Look out for the official Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month logo and flag, serving as powerful reminders of the unwavering spirit and determination of those affected by spinal cord injuries.

 

Be the Change:

We encourage you to join our advocacy campaigns, donating your time, resources, or expertise to help further research and improve the lives of individuals with spinal cord injuries. Together, we can create a world where everyone has equal opportunities and access.

 

Together, we can change lives and build a more inclusive society. Spread the word, support the cause, and be a beacon of hope this Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month!

#SCIawareness #EmpowerInclusion #TogetherWeRise

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Start: September 1, 2023
End: September 30, 2023
Cost: Free
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United Spinal Association
Phone: (718) 803-3782

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