Road to overcoming spinal cord injury
Jasmine Al Kuttab/Abu Dhabi
Filed on September 23, 2017


While around 500,000 people suffer from spinal cord injury around the world each year, those affected by the disability in the UAE are mainly caused by road accidents and falls.
"Most spinal cord injuries are caused by road traffic accidents, violence, contact sports or falls. In the UAE, the main causes are road traffic accidents and falls," said Dr Vaqas Farooqi, consultant of physical medicine and rehabilitation, Amana Healthcare, Abu Dhabi.
He explained that patients suffering from spinal cord injury may develop tetraplegia, (weakness in arms and legs), or paraplegia, (weakness in legs).

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