Over 15,000 Australians live with a spinal cord injury
80% of spinal injury cases involve males
Majority of spinal injuries are due to transport accidents
Spinal cord injuries are the result of damage to the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal canal. Spinal injuries can cause permanent changes to mobility, feeling and strength below the site of the injury. Common causes are falls, motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries and workplace accidents.
Seek medical assistance immediately for suspected spinal cord injuries.
Do not move a person that may have a spinal injury. This may result in permanent paralysis. Keep the person still and place a heavy towel on either side of the neck or hold the head to prevent movement. Ensuring that the head and neck are immobilised is crucial to preventing further damage.
Changes to temperature, touch, pain and pressure
Changes to voluntary movement of the muscles
Changes to involuntary reactions of the muscles