September is Spinal Cord Awareness Month

September is Spinal Cord Awareness Month. This month is very important to me —MedMassager’s Social Media Manager, Erin Rollins— because I suffered a lower spinal cord injury in 2014 due to a wrong-way drunk driver. Read my story here.

Every year 17,000 new cases of spinal cord injury occur. Most happen due to automobile accidents, sports injuries, falls, and acts of violence.

According to Disability-Benefits-Help.org, “Although people with spinal cord injuries are all too aware of the effects of this type of injury, the population at large may not be. Others may not realize how difficult it is to live with a spinal cord injury, much less make a living.”

National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month was established in September, 2014 due to the passing of U.S. Senate Resolution 533. Since this time, organizations around the world have helped to spread awareness of the impact of spinal cord injuries on sufferers. Several organizations also promote SCI research to help individuals access necessary therapy and possible cures in order to regain mobility.

Spinal Cord Injuries are linked to poorer circulation due to less mobility, as well as, cellular changes, neuropathy, pain, and inflammation. These effects can be kept under control with medications, exercise, diet changes and massage and physical therapy.

For more about Spinal Cord Awareness Month or ways to get involved, read here.