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There are many different causes of spinal injury and the purpose of this blog, is to focus on the biggest cause of spinal injuries. Hard as it is to believe, it is actually individuals falling that makes up the most common cause of spinal cord injury.
With improvements in modern medicine and availability of multiple treatment options, we are now a population that is living longer and well into our 70s and 80s. One of the latest statistics concludes that worldwide, 901 million people are over the age of 60. That number is likely to reach 1.4 billion by 2030 and nearly 2.1 billion by 2050 (www.statnews.com).
Although advances in medicine have led to an increase in our longevity, elderly people are still plagued by illnesses such as Dementia, Alzheimers, Osteoporosis and Arthritis. These conditions often leave individuals vulnerable to falls causing spinal cord injuries, where their balance can be affected or where there is deterioration in the skeletal structure. Deterioration in eyesight, hearing and muscle weakness can also contribute to the number of falls seen within the elderly community and as with the illnesses outlined above, unfortunately, the risk of sustaining spinal cord injury also increases, as a result.
Illnesses such as Dementia and Alzheimers will also often lead to impaired cognitive function and as clinical negligence and personal injury lawyers, we do see delays in diagnosis of spinal cord injuries and orthopaedic injuries, because patients will sometimes be confused about what has happened and they are unable to express when/where they are in pain.
As the population continues to age, greater focus must be placed on keeping the elderly community as safe as possible in their homes and this will inevitably lead to greater pressure on an already burdened NHS.
If you, or a member of your family, are affected by any of the issues covered in our blogs please contact one of our specialist spinal and back injury lawyers on firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0207 814 1200.
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