In a report published by Neurological Alliance over 1 million people in the U.K. suffer from a disability due to a neurological condition, with about 25% of those aged between 16 and 64 suffering from a chronic disability. Neurological conditions derive from a disorder in the nervous system and can affect people from any age and background.
Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is the result of damage or truama to the spinal cord and often results in a loss of fuction to the sensory or motor nerves below the level of injury. In the U.K. there are between 500-700 cases of spinal cord injury each year.
A stroke is a disruption of blood flow to the brain and can occur due to a blockage or a bleed. The blood that carries vital nutrients and oxygen is obstruted thus damaging and destroying brain cells. This in turn has a major affect on the function of the central nervous system. In the U.K. there are around 100,000 cases of stroke each year.
Multiple Sclerorsis (MS) is a progressive, degenerative and chronic disorder that affects the central nervous system. MS occurs when the bodies own immune system attacks the myelin sheath that insulate's and protects the nerve fibres in the brain and spinal cord, which in turn affects the transmission of signals thats pass along the nerves. At the moment the cause of MS is unknown, but we know that the condition is more prevalent further away from the equater. There are around 2,500 new cases of MS each year with around 85,000 with the condition in the U.K in total.
Other Neurological Conditions
There are a whole range of other neurological conditions that affect people across the country, these conditions include Parkinson's disease, Motor Neurons Disease, and Guillain Barré syndrome.
*Statistics taken from the Neurological Alliance report "nuero numbers" and can be found on the following link: Click here