Spinal cord injury is damage to the spinal cord that causes a temporary or permanent change in function.
In most cases, paralysis is caused by acute damage to the spinal cord following a traumatic injury. Nerve fibres are disrupted and nerve cells at, and around, the site of injury are destroyed.
An injury of the spinal cord not only impacts the ability to move your limbs; the damage also causes a large number of secondary health complications.
Living with a spinal cord injury is much more than being paralysed
People with spinal cord injury face many challenging secondary health complications that diminish quality of life and capacity for independence.
Secondary health implications may include:
Social marginalisation may include: