What to expect

What to expect

Sustaining a spinal cord injury is a traumatic event for anyone at any age.

We are here to help you through this journey.

Understanding your injury is key to regaining control and independence.

There are various levels to spinal cord injury and related loss of function. It is completely understandable to feel an array of emotions from denial, anger and grief – often all at the same time. Life has changed dramatically and you may find it beneficial to seek professional help. It’s not uncommon for people with a new spinal cord injury to be confronted with the realisation that a spinal cord injury not only affects loss of movement, but also the bladder, bowel and sexuality. Some recovery of feeling and movement may return after the injury how much depends on the level of injury, the strength of your muscles, and whether the injury is complete or incomplete.

If you’re a parent of a child with spinal cord injury

When a child sustains a spinal cord injury, the impact on the family and loved ones is often just as traumatic and emotional.

Being a parent and carer to a child with a disability can be difficult. It is important to talk not only to the professionals treating your child during the various stages of injury and recovery but also to professionals that will enable you to care for yourself during this traumatic time. Common concerns for parents include your child’s relationships with friends and school, funding, modifying your home to become accessible, personal care for your child, and of course where to find support and services necessary for that care.

Feature image — When a child sustains a spinal cord injury, the impact on the family and loved ones is often just as traumatic and emotional.

We are here to help.

SCIA’s peer support team are trained in providing support to both the newly injured and their family during the rehabilitation process.

They can share lived experience and guide you to the services that will assist in your family’s adjustment to changed circumstances. There are many organisations, forums and counselors that will also provide emotional support and reassurance during this time. Click on Peer Support for further information.

For further information

For further information about a wide range of topics, visit the SCIA Resource Library