Here is the Mayo Clinic’s definition and explanation of a pressure sore (injuries to skin and… 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
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… Continue reading
Those with SCI have the same protein nutrition needs as the general population. This changes if a pressure sore develops. Wound healing requires a big increase in protein.
A person with or without SCI needs 0.8 to 1.0 grams of… Continue reading
Heart disease risk can be reduced by keeping cholesterol, waist circumference and other risk factors in check.
Blood fats (lipids) target goals: Keep total cholesterol less than 200 mg/dl. Triglycerides less than 150 mg/dl. LDL the “bad cholesterol”… Continue reading
Those with SCI need fewer calories than the non-paralyzed. This is because metabolic activity decreases after SCI due to denervated muscle.
Generally, those with paraplegia should weigh 5-10% and those with tetraplegia, 10-15% less than normative weight… Continue reading