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Bladder Programs After a Spinal Cord Injury

Published: September 21, 2014

Bladder-Programs-After-a-Spinal-Cord-Injury-1030x356Nerve damage to the bladder is a common side effects of having a spinal cord injury, other injury, surgical procedures, and several disease processes. Having a consistent bladder program reduces accidents, infections, and the risk of autonomic hyperreflexia.

Neurogenic Bladder

A neurogenic bladder is one that takes voluntarily control of holding or emptying urine away from the person. Some people are unable to store urine (reflex/spastic) and this causes loss over control over emptying and leads to accidents. More commonly with a neurogenic bladder patients are unable to empty the bladder (flaccid) or pass urine at all without using a catheter. There are several types of catheters available and your doctor will help you choose which system is right for you. Continue Reading »

Don’t dive into a life-changing injury: Use common sense to stay safe in pools and lakes

Published: August 8, 2014

Dr. Charles Tator“My boyfriend picked me up and threw me in the pool. I floated to the surface face down and was drowning before he rolled me over and saved my life – but he broke my spinal cord.”

“I had never been on that dock before, and it went so far out into the water. How was I supposed to know that at the end of the dock the water was less than one metre deep.”

As a brain and spinal surgeon, I have mixed feelings when the warm weather finally arrives in Canada. Continue Reading »

Zina Hermez – My book, Not Without God: A Story of Survival has been published!

Published: July 12, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Zina HermezWhat started out a dream has now become reality. I began writing Not Without God a couple of years ago, and I wrote sporadically in the beginning. As both of my parents battled serious illnesses I realized (yet again) how precious life is—and how our time is short. My book describes how I healed from near-fatal injuries as a result of an accident that left me paralyzed at sixteen. While crossing the street to get to my friend’s bus stop, I was hit by a car. It’s a miracle from the Lord that I’m alive and able to walk. Continue Reading »

Enough Of The Doom And Gloom

Published: June 24, 2014

lafblog150x150It is usually pretty hard to remain upbeat when dealing with a new spinal cord injury or other type of paralyzing disability, but I think a change is overdue. The first days and weeks following an injury, or post-diagnosis for some “crippling” disease, are usually filled with a constant series of frank discussions warning patients and their families of the additional problems and complications which make up their future. In far too many cases, at least in the past, the dire predictions could extend out to a lifetime of challenges. Dwelling on the negative could be setting newly paralyzed individuals up for failure. Is that really the best we can do in this enlightened age? Continue Reading »

Stem Cells Fast Facts

Published: June 20, 2014

(CNN) — Here’s a look at what you need to know about stem cells.

Scientists believe that stem cell research can be used to treat medical conditions including Parkinson’s Disease, spinal cord injury, stroke, burns, heart disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Continue Reading »

Stem Cell Trials to Treat Spinal Cord Injuries

Published: June 5, 2014

Neuron-with-oligodendrocyte-and-myelin-sheathWhile human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) were originally created in 1998, it wasn’t until 2009 — over a decade later — that they were approved by the FDA for use in a clinical trial in people. It was a long wait, but the trial was quite the promising one. The clinical trial, undertaken by the Geron Corporation, was for using hESCs to treat patients with spinal cord injuries and paralysis.

Very unfortunately, the trial became stalled in late 2011, mostly due to financial concerns (but it did undoubtedly help pave the way for other hESC-based clinical trials to get FDA approval starting in 2010). Continue Reading »

HEALTH LINE: No Diving Into Lakes, Rivers and Oceans

Published: May 23, 2014

No DivingExperts Advise Against Diving Into Natural Bodies of Water

What lurks beneath the water?

It sounds like a horror story title, and it certainly can be when a spinal cord injury results from diving into natural bodies of water such as lakes, rivers and oceans, where visibility is low and rock and debris can be hidden from view.

Having fun at the lake and staying safe are not mutually exclusive, but experts say it is never advisable to dive into any body of water where you can’t see under the surface, no matter how many times you’ve been diving there before. Continue Reading »

SpinalMap eBook

Published: March 19, 2014

SpinalMap-ebookSpinalMap: An Essential Read for Partners, Friends, Colleagues and Care Givers of SCI patients.

SpinalMap, has been described by a rehab professional as an “essential read” for both recently injured people as well as family, friends and associates of people who have suffered spinal cord injury. Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injuries in Young People

Published: January 10, 2014

Dr. Paul SmolenSpinal cord injuries often involve young people but few teens and college students understand the potentially life threatening risks that come with playing many popular sports. Unfortunately, with their youth often comes a feeling of invulnerability, and the belief that they are impervious to injury. It’s all part of being young, but all it only takes is one fall, or one bad tackle to turn a cheerleading stunt or football game into a literal nightmare. Spinal cord injury awareness is often overlooked during training, possibly because concussions and other more common injuries take the forefront. Continue Reading »

BOOK: “My Last Step Backward”

Published: December 19, 2013 | Spinal Cord Injury:

My-Last-Step-BackwardCrowned Ms. Wheelchair USA 2012 and winner of the National Rehabilitation Champion award, Tasha Schuh continues to travel and share her story of resilience and triumph over her tragedy.

“My Last Step Backward” is Schuh’s first book about her erudite journey as a quadriplegic, beginning with her pre-accident years as an adolescent to the details of the accident, her near-death experience following surgery and her life during and after recovery.

“It traces my journey from the depths of despair to my realization that life goes on and it is what you make of it,” Schuh said. Continue Reading »