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The Facts about Acquired Spinal Injury

Thanks to improved emergency care, the amount of people who sadly pass away because of spinal injuries is thankfully lower than ever. However, this means that the population of people who are living with the effects of such injuries is on the rise and helping these people to achieve a better recovery and good quality of life is absolutely essential.

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An 'acquired' spinal injury can mean a traumatic injury (such as from a fall or a car or sporting accident) or a non-traumatic injury (like those sustained from bacterial infections such as tuberculosis, viral infections e.g. transverse myelitis, spinal stroke blood clots (thrombosis) or haemorrhage (bleeding) and non-malignant growths (tumours) which press on the spinal cord). The term 'acquired' is used to draw a distinction from either congenital conditions that occur before birth (e.g. spina bifida) or neuro­dege­nerative conditions, in which the spine is affected progressively e.g. spinal muscular atrophy.

The effects of an acquired spinal injury vary greatly between patients depending on the severity, location and nature of the injury. The treatment of such injuries can also have dramatic effects on symptoms. These symptoms can include pain, fatigue, a loss in the ability to move limbs, and can affect an individual’s mental health.

There are many different treatments for acquired spinal injuries, including medication, surgery and physiotherapy. The particular types and combinations of treatments are bespoke to each patient based on the type and severity of the injury. Some patients can benefit from dynamic compression garments known as Sensory Dynamic Orthosis (SDO®), that are manufactured and supplied by Jobskin®. These garments provide sensory and proprioceptive feedback as well as having a biomechanical component to help improve posture and stability and therefore have an effect on pain; in some cases improve motor output; to assist with normalisation of tone; increase independence; in some cases improve breathing and speech pattern; and enhance handling and transferring to name a few.

For more than four decades, Jobskin® has been leading the way in rehabilitation therapy, becoming the UK's premier provider of a wide range of specialised, custom-made compression garments. Our dedication to providing the very best in therapeutic management is unmatched and we continue to build on our exceptional reputation for excellence.

Browse our website to find out more about the Jobskin® collection of garments designed to offer therapeutic value to patients with acquired spinal injury. Please do not hesitate to contact our team directly for further advice, information and support.