From Alex’s website:
In October 2011, my life changed dramatically. As a law student at Columbia University in New York, I was starting my second year and finalizing job offers. Then, during a celebratory road trip to Vermont, a driving… Continue reading
Thanks to modern medicine and societal advancements, in general, people with SCI can attain a normal life expectancy.
This panel from the NW Regional Spinal Cord Injury System at the U of W, discusses… Continue reading
Doctors at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, performed the first-ever FDA approved Schwann cell transplantation in a patient with a new SCI. Schwann cells wraps around the… Continue reading
Here is the introductory text from the NW regionarl SCI system website:
When a person sustains a spinal cord injury, the impact is felt by the whole family, especially the spouse or partner. How does the partner feel, cope… Continue reading
Shoulder pain affects 30 to 60% of the SCI population. This may be largely due to overuse of the arms when propelling a wheelchair or performing transfers over time.
Common injuries and conditions include:
- rotator cuff tears
- impingement (pinching… Continue reading
One of the side effects of an SCI is Autonomic Dysreflexia. AD is an over-activity of the autonomic nervous system.
The reflex resuts in spasms and a narrowing of the blood vessels. This causes a rise in blood pressure. A… Continue reading
Diet can play a role in managing a neurogenic bladder and bowel.
Neurogenic bowel: Regular meals should be spaced throughout the day. Adequate fluid intake is 40 ml per kg body weight plus 500 ml, or at least… Continue reading
People with SCI are at higher risk for osteoporosis due to lack of weight bearing on lower limbs. Decreased bone density increases the risk of fractures and related health problems
Here are some tips to maximize bone health:
- Be active!… Continue reading