Major causes of spinal cord injury in Australia
We see too many spinal cord injuries (SCI) in Australia and like all things prevention is better than cure. Education on the causes of traumatic spinal cord injury is the first thing we need to do in order to reduce their occurrence.
According to Australian Institute of Health and Welfare spinal cord spinal cord injuries between 2007-2008 were caused by the following.
- 22% driver and passengers of vehicles
- 18% falls from a high fall (more than 1 metre)
- 14% motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians on main roads
- 10% fall from a low fall (lower than 1 metre)
- 9% motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians off main roads
- 9% collision with another person or object (sporting, leisure)
- 9% water related
- 8% other (shooting, stabbing, medical treatment).
What’s the key message here? Take a look at this list and educate yourself when spinal cord injuries occur most often. When performing these activities, protect yourself with sensible strategies to ensure you reduce your risk of spinal cord injury. At Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) we believe that education is key in helping reduce spinal cord injuries in Australia.