The Spinal Injuries Association has commissioned LSA to raise the
profile of issues surrounding the treatment of spinal injuries to
political and medical audiences.
The association estimates that there are around 40,000 people in the UK
living with spinal injuries. It provides counselling services, advice
and a support network for people suffering from spinal injuries.
’If spinal injuries are treated properly within a certain time frame,
the long term prognosis for the patient is much better,’ explained
account manager Simon Hombersley.
He added that the Spinal Injuries Association was particularly keen to
promote quicker referral to specialist care and more funding for the
nine spinal injury units in the UK.
’If you increase funding for the specialist units then you decrease the
long-term cost of care,’ said Hombersley. ’The cost to social services
of helping to care for people with spinal cord injuries could be reduced
with early specialist treatment.’
LSA will also be campaigning to raise the profile of the Spinal Injuries
Association through the media, and increase awareness among doctors
about the value of specialist treatment and rehabilitation.