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Fall from heights accounts for second highest spinal injuries: ISIC

After road accidents, fall from heights accounts for maximum number of spinal cord injuries and disabilities in the country, according to a study by Indian Spinal Injuries Centre (ISIC), New Delhi.

While road accidents account for 45 per cent of the injuries, falls from heights are responsible for over 39.63 per cent spinal cord injuries, the study states.

The study, collating the response of nearly 1,138 patients at ISIC from both rural and urban areas over the last decade, found that falls from balconies, roofs and electric poles account for the largest number of spinal injuries and disabilities in the country.

A recent telephonic survey with the patients sustaining injuries as a result of fall from position of heights revealed that fall from roof and balcony caused 38.67 per cent spinal injuries, while fall from electric pole caused 15.33 per cent accidents, according to ISIC.

“We must ensure that people working on electric poles are given adequate protection. The results of the study will help us develop better prevention and treatment methods in India,” Dr H S Chhabra, chief of spine service, ISIC, said on Thursday. [Source: IANS]

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