Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

A spinal cord injury (or SCI) refers to any damage to any part of the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal canal. This often causes permanent changes in strength, sensation and other body functions below the site of the injury.

The ability to control the limbs after a spinal cord injury depends on where the injury is along the spinal cord and the severity of the injury. Paralysis from a spinal cord injury can be referred to as tetraplegia, quadriplegia or paraplegia.

Spinal cord injuries may result in one or more of the following symptoms: loss of movement, loss or altered sensation (including the ability to feel heat, cold and touch), loss of bowel or bladder control, exaggerated reflex activities or spasms, pain or an intense stinging sensation, and difficulty breathing, coughing or clearing secretions from your lungs.

How we can help

When we started designing clothes for wheelchair users more than 25 years ago, it was solely with the needs of people with a Spinal Cord Injury in mind. The most essential garment for these early customers with spinal cord injuries was wheelchair trousers. They had to be comfortable to wear with flat back seams, no lumpy pockets, higher at the back and slightly lower at the front, and with a shaped seat which meant that they stay on the waist without drooping at the back when the wearer is sitting down. Other features include easy-to-access pockets, trouser legs that are wide enough to access a drain bag, comfortable fabrics, and fastenings that are easily managed for people with poor manual dexterity. Most importantly, we wanted these adaptive clothes to look and feel great to give the wearer confidence.

Responding to customer feedback, we produced a range of trousers for wheelchair users to include wheelchair jeanszip front wheelchair trousers and wheelchair shorts, and have gradually extended the range to offer wheelchair waterproofs to help protect you in the worst weather. 

Details of Spinal Cord Injury Centres across the UK:

Spinal Cord Injuries Unit
Musgrave Park Hospital
Stockman’s Lane
Tel: 028 9090 2000
Minicom: 028 9066 3008
Email: info@belfasttrust.hscni.net
Web: Click here

National Medical Rehabilitation Centre
Rochestown Avenue
SB 30
Tel: +353 1 2854 777
Email: enquiries@nrh.ie
Web: Click here

Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit
Southern General Hospital
1345 Govan Road
Glasgow, G51 4TF
Tel: 0141 201 2555
Web: Click here

The Golden Jubilee Spinal Cord Injuries Centre
James Cook University Hospital
Marton Road
Middlesborough, TS4 3BW
Tel: 01642 282645-Direct Line for Spinal Rehab
Tel: 01642 282641

The Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries
The Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital
NHS Foundation Trust
Shropshire, SY10 7AG
Tel: 01691 404363
Web: Click here

Welsh Spinal Injuries and Neurological Rehabilitation Centre
Rookwood Hospital
Fairwater Road
Tel: 029 2041 5415 - Switchboard
Web: Click here

Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre
Salisbury District Hospital
Odstock Road
Tel: 01722 336262 ext 2430
Web: Click here

The Princess Royal Spinal Injuries Centre
Northern General Hospital
Osborne Building
Herries Road
Tel: 0114 226 6981 (unit)
Web: Click here

North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre
Southport District General Hospital
Town Lane
Tel: 01704 704333

Spinal Cord Injuries Centre
Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital
Brockley Hill
Tel: 020 8954 2300 - Switchboard
Web: Click here

Stoke Mandeville
National Spinal Injuries Centre
Stoke Mandeville Hospital
Mandeville Road
Tel: 01296 315872
Web: Click here

Wakefield – Pinderfields
Yorkshire Regional Spinal Injuries Centre
Pinderfields Hospital
Aberford Road
Tel: 01924 542053 main desk
Tel: 01924 542057
Web: Click here

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