Living (and Thriving) with Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries (SCI) and disorders affect more than a quarter of a million Americans each year, making knowledge and awareness about these conditions more important than ever. Keep reading to learn more about different spinal cord injuries, and how you can take steps to regain mobility if you or a loved one is living with an SCI.
The Differences between Spinal Cord Injuries and Diseases
Spinal cord injuries and diseases can cause severe loss of mobility, but the causes of the two are not the same and it’s important to know the differences. Around 12,000 new spinal cord injuries occur in the U.S. every year, with a majority of these injuries due to car accidents, falls, work-related accidents, sports injuries, and penetrations such as stab or gunshot wounds. Spinal cord diseases on the other hand are often congenital, or are on-set at a later age due to nutritional, environmental, or unknown factors. For the most part, the results of both are the same, and include paralysis, numbness, and a variety of other issues.
Mobility after a Spinal Cord Injury/Disease
A spinal cord injury may cause paralysis, but that does not necessarily mean you cannot drive, or have lost your independence. NMEDA’s network of mobility equipment dealers offer assistance and advice for all individuals with disabilities, as well as their families and caregivers. If you or a loved one has suffered from a spinal cord injury or disease, contact your local accredited Quality Assurance Program Dealer to ease your transition back onto the road.
Support after a Spinal Cord Injury/Disorder
The United Spinal Association works to enhance the quality of life for all Americans living with a spinal cord injury or disease. This organization provides people living with SCI/D with programs and services that maximize their independence and enable them to remain active in their communities. On their website, they offer services such as peer support groups, resources and knowledge books, veterans’ assistance and opportunities to make your mobility much simpler!
The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) is an advocate for mobility and accessibility for drivers with disabilities. If you need help with converting or buying a handicap accessible car, truck or van, please consider one of our mobility equipment dealers. Locate a dealer near you: https://nmeda.org/consumer-resources/dealer-locator/