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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 9-14

Trauma and spinal cord injury – A narrative review

1 Social Worker, Rehabilitation Institute, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Social Work, Independent Researcher, SreeBalaji Dental College and Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
3 Department of Social Work, University of Tamil Nadu, Thiruvarur, Tamil Nadu, India
4 Department of Public Health Dentistry, SreeBalaji Dental College and Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Karthikeyan Pandiyambakkam Rajendran
Independent Researcher, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijosr.ijosr_4_21

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An accident or traumatic injury to the spinal cord may result in a serious and irreversible spinal cord injury. Such spinal injury causes significant changes in the life of the injured person and his or her family members. Spinal cord injury can require extreme physical, locomotor, and psychological adaptation which exerts enormous pressure on the patients' families, who plays critically vital roles in providing support and care. It is a struggle for both victims and their families. Few studies have captured exactly not only the major physical injury but also the long-term consequences of spinal cord injury in the patients living with such injuries over time. Besides impacting the health, well-being and psychosocial behaviors of individual victims but also the interpersonal relationship within the family members. The objectives of the study are to identify the burdens of spinal cord injury and the challenges faced by persons with spinal cord injury in their day-to-day life in India and to know the intervention strategies to enhance the quality of life of persons with spinal cord injury. Therefore, the current study besides highlighting the issues faced by spinal cord injury patients also helps in greater understanding of the burden of spinal cord injury and its public health importance in India.

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