Spinal Cord Injury
Over 12,500 people sustain spinal cord injuries each year, according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC). Spinal cord injuries can cause significant personal and financial hardship for patients despite having health insurance. Additionally, the lost wages as a result of long hospital stays can add up quickly.
A spinal cord injury can cause a variety of symptoms that range from mild aching to physically debilitating. Some common symptoms include the inability to feel heat or cold, paralysis, loss of bladder or bowel control, impaired motor skills, difficulty breathing, intense pain, weakness, and numbness. Many of these symptoms can make it difficult or impossible for people to continue their careers, especially if standing or sitting for long periods of time is involved.