Here is the Mayo Clinic’s definition and explanation of a pressure sore (injuries to skin and… Continue reading
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
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
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
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