So you are newly disabled FAQ’s
Below we try to give an overview of many of the frequently asked questions we get asked by newly disabled people. Cyclones wheelchair user team are predominantly Paraplegic with over 120 years jointly of life with a disability. Stuart Dunne our MD and FES specialist himself who is also a Tetraplegic, has compiled the list below to help you get some answers to the many questions you may have about life with a disability.
At Cyclone Technologies our main questions are about fitness and health, together with mobility issues but we commonly discuss with our clients many different aspects of life post diagnosis. The disabilities we have most knowledge about is Spinal Cord injury and Multiple Scelrosis, but we have dealt with other neurological disabilities such as Stroke Traumatic Brain Injury and Cerebral Palsy. The FAQ's listed below are designed to try and direct aswell as answer questions that you have. We are very proactive in our approach to life using a wheelchair and believe that you get out of life what you put in to it.
Q. I have recently had a spinal injury what does this mean?
A. A spinal cord injury is very complex and depending on the level and severity of the injury will depend on the how the paralysis from the damaged spinal cord may affect mobility, sensation, bladder function, bowel function or sexual function. We have found the most comprehensive source for people with SCI is apparelyzed.com However there are many other organisations that Cyclone are proud to support SIA, BackUp, Aspire to name just a few of the charities.
Q. This is the most truamatic life changing event I have experienced, where can I go for help?
A. Information is vital at this point in your life and your best friend may become Google as the internet has a vast array of technical information, however specific counselling services and mentoring follow the links. SIA Counselling, BackUp Mentoring
Q. I'm presently in a Spinal Injuries Centre (SCIC), what happens when I leave here, I am really concerned about progressing my rehabilitation?
A. There are many services provided throughout the UK to continue your rehabilitation both on a short term basis to give you a boost start or offer continuous support, physiological and physchological advice.ACPIN is a great first start for finding a Physiotherapist that understands your own condition, Cyclone Cycling Centres is a list of the centres that we have partnered with to provide RT300 FES Bike therapy. We are completely aware that the changes in your personal lifestyle can be very daunting and a bit of advice from people who have been there can be tremendously positive.