Sports Therapy And Rehabilitation Services

2100 Words Mar 8th, 2015 9 Pages
Introduction
Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation Services (STARS) at its location in East Meadow, New York, is addressing the problem of spinal cord injuries. These injuries are not as well known as one may think. Warren, Hamilton, and Roden-Foreman state that the “incidence of traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) is estimated to occur in the United States at a rate of 40 cases per million” (pp. 303, 2013). This is a low incidence, especially in a country of approximately one-third of a billion of people. The prevalence of Americans in 2014 that are alive and have an SCI is approximately 276,000 persons (National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, 2014). “Symptoms of a spinal cord injury depend on the severity of the injury and its location in the spinal cord” (World Health Organization, 2015). For example, symptoms may be different for two people who have experienced SCIs. They can include complete or partial loss of sensory function or motor control of the legs, arms, and body and the most severe spinal cord injuries affect organ systems that regulate breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, bowel or bladder control (World Health Organization, 2015).
SCIs are significant for the work of STARS and in community health for a few reasons. Primarily, the main causes of spinal cord injuries are avoidable. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), the etiology of these injuries state that “vehicle crashes are the leading cause of injury, followed…
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