Health Management Insight: Spinal cord injury
The spinal cord is an extension of the brain, which carries messages to the rest of our body. It helps us to move, feel pressure and control vital functions such as breathing, blood pressure, bladder and bowels.
When it's damaged, communication between our brain and the rest of our body is disrupted. This can result in a loss of movement and of sensation from below the level of injury.
It is estimated that around 2,500 people are injured or diagnosed with a life-changing spinal cord injury (SCI) in the UK each year.
Our Insight article explores the serious consequences of these injuries - along with the measures that employers can take to help staff get back to work.