Spinal cord injury

What is a spinal cord injury?

The spinal cord acts as the primary conductor “cable” essential for bodily motor functions and it’s ensuing sensations. It is part of the central nervous system and is located within the spine, protected by the vertebrae. Paralysis occurs when this conductor cable is damaged, causing a break in communication between the brain and body. This is what is referred to as a spinal cord injury or lesion.
A spinal cord injury can be the result of a traumatic event – when caused by a fall, a diving accident, or a car accident for example. It can also be non-traumatic in origin, such as when a cancer or other disease is the cause.

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A simple fall from changing a ceiling light bulb OR that an simple dive in your pool could transform your life forever.

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The spinal cord is extremely fragile. It is comparable to a ripe raspberry, we must handle it with care.

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In addition to the help of relatives and various care givers, the spinal cord injured rely on a multitude of professional and technical aids in order to help them move towards a new life path.Did you know that?

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The spinal cord acts as the primary conductor used to control your body's motor functions as well as providing sensations and their origins.

The most common causes of spinal cord injuries

2011 and 2012


44% of spinal cord injuries are caused by falls


39% from motor vehicle accidents


15% from other accidents (sport, blunt object, etc.)


2% resulted from the consequences of an aggression.

Spinal cord injuries in every day life

In Quebec, approximately 63% of people with spinal cord injuries have no financial support for the adaptation of their homes and for access to home services.
In Canada, it is estimated that over 85 550 people living with spinal cord injury.
In Canada, people with disabilities have an average total income significantly lower than the rest of Canadians.
Spinal cord injuries affect people of all ages and can happen to anyone. In Canada, it is estimated that over 85,550 people live with a spinal cord injury. Over 4,250 new cases are diagnosed each year. An injury of this kind greatly affects one’s autonomy, personal esteem, development in common living environments, and social inclusion. In Canada, people with disabilities have a lower than average total income as compared to the rest of Canadians, $ 27,057 versus $ 35,860. Not to forget are the many added financial obligations tied to one’s disability.

What is paraplegia?

It is the paralysis of, and loss of sensation in, the lower limbs. It is linked to a lesion towards the bottom of the spine.

What is quadriplegia?

It is the paralysis of, and loss of sensitivity in, the four limbs and trunk. It is linked to a lesion situated towards the top of the spine, in the cervical vertebrae for example.

Revealing statistics


79% of people who have difficulties related to the characteristics of their residence consider that these frequently interfere with their activities


The rate of satisfaction of home adaptation is only 49%

In Canada, people with reduced mobility have a lower average total income than the rest of Canadians, at $27,057 compared to $35,860. Added to this are the many monetary obligations related to the disability.

The average age of people with a spinal cord injury has risen from around 26 in 1970 to around 48 today.

“Falling off a stool paralyzed me for life”

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