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Life after a spinal cord injury

Published: December 17, 2014

harness system helps patients walk againA spinal cord injury can be a life-changing event. Within a few minutes, some of the very basic things you took for granted – walking, dressing yourself, driving a car-are taken away from you. Rebuilding your life after spinal cord injury is a long, arduous process with many bumps in the road that most people cannot even fathom.

Working with individuals with spinal cord injury “really makes you realize how much we can take for granted with our own health,” said Julie Coté, a physical therapist at Magee Rehabilitation, where large populations of their patients have spinal cord injuries. Continue Reading »

Learn about Spina Bifida

Published: October 5, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Spina Bifida Association 2014October is National Spina Bifida Awareness Month, a time to educate the public about the most common permanently disabling birth defect while celebrating the lives of the more than 166,000 Americans affected.

One out of every 1,000 newborns in the United States is born with spina bifida. Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Lecture

Published: September 26, 2014

Spinal Cord Lecture by Samuel Hirt. Information about spinal cord anatomy, Central Nervous System and the Peripheral Nervous System. Continue Reading »

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 »

Secondary Conditions of Spinal Cord Injury

Published: September 9, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Tuesday Talk With AlexWhen living with a spinal cord injury (SCI), there are more challenges than just not being able to walk. There are other healthcare issues that are very important.

Here are a few of the secondary conditions mentioned by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. 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 »