Peak Spotlight: Spinal Cord Injury Awareness
Life Altering, Not Life Defining
Like Jack in the video, many adults come by their disability later in life. It could be the result of an accident (like in Jack’s case), genetics, or the byproduct of a another illness or condition. What really resonates to us at Peak about Jack’s story is the sort of fearlessness that he expresses and the desire to find his next big thing. He may not be able to windsurf any more but he can find another passion, another outlet for his drive and figure out his unique way to change the world.
This September we wanted to focus on spinal chord injury (SCI) awareness. Did you know that 12,500 new cases are reported each year? Fortunately, SCI does not usually affect cognitive function; however, you may need certain accommodations at work to help you on your new path.
Types of Spinal Cord Injury
There are two types of SCIs, complete and incomplete. Range of motion and mobility will often vary significantly under both categories.
SCIs are typically categorized as follows: Anterior Cord Syndrome (damages to motor and sensory passageways), Central Cord Syndrome (damages to the central cord that carries signals to the brain), and Brown Sequard Syndrome (damage to one side of the spinal cord).
They may also be called: Tetraplegia (loss of control of all limbs), Paraplegia (loss of lower half of limbs), and Triplegia (loss of movement in one arm and both legs, typically caused by an incomplete SCI).
Back to Work
SCIs seldom affect the mind but it can still sometimes be difficult to find work. Fortunately, the rise of office professional and IT roles (such as the ones we staff) and work from home opportunities make it increasingly realistic to find a career after a life altering SCI.
Do you have a question about getting a job with an SCI? Do you know someone who’s looking for work? You can reach us here at Peak via email or call us at 512-453-8833