Welcome to the Spinal cord injury website of Benjamin King.
From able to disable
Life after my quadriplegic spinal cord injury
As a result of spinal cord injury on November 2008, I am now a quadriplegic. Walk with me as I take on this disability.
After the spinal cord has been injured, messages no longer flow through the damaged area, essentially cutting off information between the brain and certain parts of the body. Generally, the functions of the body located above the point of injury will continue to work with no loss of function, while the areas of the body located below the point of injury will be impaired. Impairment can include the following:
- Motor deficit
- Sensory deficit
- Breathing difficulty
- Bowel and/or bladder dysfunction
Treatment For Spinal Cord Injuries
A spinal cord injury is a medical emergency. Immediate treatment can reduce long-term effects. Later treatment usually includes medicine and rehabilitation therapy.
Treatment of spinal cord injuries starts with restraining the spine and controlling inflammation to prevent further damage. The actual treatment can vary widely depending on the location and extent of the injury. In many cases, spinal cord injuries require substantial physical therapy and rehabilitation, especially if the patient’s injury interferes with activities of daily life.
There are over 100,000 people living with Spinal Cord Injury in Canada
It is estimated that there are over 4,300 new SCI cases in Canada each year
Spinal Cord Injury Canada Facts
A spinal cord injury can happen to anyone at any time, is one of the most traumatic events to occur in an individual’s life. It affects family, friends, employers, community and the health care system. An individual can make a positive adjustment to life with a spinal cord injury given the right supports at the right time. On average, it can takes 2 to 3 years to gain sufficient independence following a spinal cord injury. Intensive psycho-social support is a critical component to rehabilitation from the onset of injury, through acute hospitalization, rehabilitation and transition to community living.
Permobil C500 VS Power Stand-Up Wheelchair
Permobil C500 VS Power Stand-Up Wheelchair is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. It comes equipped with the new clean design and R-Net electronics. C500 VS Wheelchair has enough power and torque to navigate through rough terrain and the independent suspension provides a smooth ride. Users can maneuver in tight spaces with a 26” turning radius, perfect for making way through a crowd.