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… 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
Almost all people who sustain a SCI show some recovery of motor function below the initial spinal injury level. The spontaneous recovery of motor function in those with motor-complete SCI is fairly limited. But recovery in incomplete SCI patients is both… Continue reading
For the first time ever, California’s $3 Billion state stem cell funding agency has backed a human clinical trial.
Researchers at Texas A&M are investigating unintended consequences of giving morphine to SCI patients after injury. According to lead researcher Dr. Michelle Hook, Ph.D:
“Our research suggests that the administration of morphine after [spinal cord injury] has secondary effects that… Continue reading
The spinal cord is soft – almost jelly like. It is protected by the spinal column which is made up of 33 bones called vertebrae. There is a circular opening in each vertebra similar to the hole… Continue reading