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.

Spinal cord injury is one of the most traumatic events to occur in an individual’s life.

People can, and do, make a positive adjustment to life with a spinal cord injury given the right supports at the right time.
Spinal cord injury affects family, friends, employers, community and the health care system.

On average, it   can takes 2 to 3 years or more to attain sufficient independence following a spinal cord injury.

About Me

My name is Kofi Prince, On November 2008 as a result of a car accident I sustain spinal cord injury, which left me quadriplegic C-4 complete.

My Mission

The purpose of this website is to provide you with information based on my personal experiences. Any information you receive from me is based solely on my personal experiences, I am neither a doctor, nor a therapist.  After your injury you may have many questions but never feel like you get right answers.

Questions

How will my life change as a result of my injury?

What pain and symptoms will I experience?

Am I ever going to be the same.

How will I manage my personal care?

How will my injury affect my relationship.

How am I going to be able to take care of the family?

Am I still going to be accepted.

Spinal cord injuries usually begin with a blow that fractures or dislocates your vertebrae, the bone disks that make up your spine. Most injuries don’t sever your spinal cord. Instead, they cause damage when pieces of vertebrae tear into cord tissue or press down on the nerve parts that carry signals.Read More
Quadriplegic is caused by damage to the brain or the cervical spinal cord segments at levels C1-C8. Damage to the spinal cord is usually secondary to an injury to the spinal vertebrae in the cervical section of the spinal column. The injury to the structure of the spinal cord is known as a lesion and may result in the loss of partial or total function in all four limbs, meaning the arms and the legs.Read More
Symptoms of spinal cord injury include: loss of movement; loss of sensation (sense of touch, heat or cold); loss of bowel or bladder control; exaggerated reflexes or spasms; changes in sexual function or sensitivity; pain or stinging due to nerve damage; and difficulty breathing, coughing, or clearing the throat.Read More

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

Emotional Stages

Traumatic injury can inflict significant, permanent disabilities on people, impairing anything from motor skills to their verbal labilities. While patients may be confused and disoriented immediately after their injury, once they understand the extent and severity of their condition, they will likely feel a tremendous sense of loss and depression

Coping Skills

The period of time following a spinal cord injury that results in paralysis can be a very traumatic and confusing time. While counselors will play a part in helping the survivor reach acceptance, it’s important that the survivor and family work together to ensure the future health and quality of life for the survivor.

Complete

Complete spinal cord injuries generally result in total loss of sensation and movement below the site of the injury. Many people with partial spinal cord injuries are able to experience significant recovery, while those with complete injuries are not.

incomplete

An incomplete spinal cord injury means that there is some function or sensation below the primary level of the injury. A person with an incomplete injury may be able to move one limb more than another

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.

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