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Spinal Cord Injury

A Spinal Cord Injury occurs when there is damage to the spinal cord, blocking the communication between the brain and the body. This damage can be caused by;

  • Traumatic injury – such as motor vehicle or sporting accident.
  • Non- traumatic – such as an illness like cancer or multiple sclerosis.

Injuries are described as ‘complete’ or ‘incomplete’, based on whether any movement or sensation occurs below the injury and in general, the higher on the spinal cord the injury occurs, the more dysfunction a person will live with. For descriptive purposes, the spine is coded down its length from C1 – the highest and most severe of injuries to S5, the base of the spine, where most people will be able to walk. It is estimated around 40,000 people in the UK live with a Spinal Cord Injury.

Our environment is specifically designed to ensure that getting around the Marbrook Centre is possible for everyone. We want everyone to be involved in the centre and doing as much for themselves as they can with our support. Our focus on rehabilitation aims to support you to become as independent as possible so that you can lead the life you choose.

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