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Nervous System Function and Autonomic Dysreflexia

Published: May 4, 2015

Nervous SystemThe nervous system controls movement, sensation, thinking and behavioral activities. It consists of various elements which comprise the whole complex working process. It is not segmented as individual working parts but rather a very complicated system that overlaps in layers of functions.

Two anatomic components of the nervous system are the central and peripheral nervous systems. It is important to distinguish where your injury is to understand the recovery process. The central nervous system consists of the brain and spinal cord. Both are housed in structures made of bone. The brain is encased in the skull for which there is only room for the brain and the fluid that surrounds it for protection and cushioning. Continue Reading »

Living with a spinal cord injury for 50 years and counting!

Published: April 21, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

IMG_0011.JPGI am a 50 year SCI ‘spinal cord injury’ survivor. I wrote this hoping it might encourage someone or help them get diagnosed.

Life is pretty much what we make of it, change is constant in a body and this world, but we can cope with those changes.

Stuff happens, we must cope with what comes our way. We just need a combination of faith, good doctors and medical technology, hard work and some luck. Continue Reading »

Post-Traumatic Syringomyelia

Published: April 21, 2015

Syringomyelia is an uncommon but disabling complication of SCI. Although more than half of all people with SCI develop a cyst in the spinal cord at the injury site, only about 4% develop syringomyelia, in which the cyst fills with fluid and expands. This enlarged cyst, or syrinx, can damage the spinal cord and cause pain, loss of sensation, or weakness. Other symptoms may include low blood pressure with light-headedness, sweating, increased or decreased spasms, and impaired bladder emptying. In some cases, syringomyelia results in major loss of function. Continue Reading »

April is Paralyzed Veterans of America Awareness Month

Published: April 1, 2015

I-Stand-With-PVAParalyzed Veterans of America Continues its Push to Ensure Healthcare, Benefits and Jobs for All Veterans

April 2015 marks Paralyzed Veterans of America Awareness Month and the 69th anniversary of the founding of the veterans service organization. Throughout the month of April, Paralyzed Veterans of America and its 34 chapters across the country will be highlighting the challenges veterans with spinal cord injury/dysfunction face and educating the public about the programs, services and support Paralyzed Veterans provides to these injured veterans and their families. Continue Reading »

About Jason Roy and the The Zero 2 a Hundred Foundation

Published: March 30, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury: , , , ,

Jason-Roy-authorAbout Jason: Jason Roy, a Houston, Texas native, attended Sharpstown High School and is a graduate of Texas Southern University. In 2003, Jason completed his Bachelors of Science in Administration of Justice, which was the prelude to his pursuit of a career in law enforcement. In 2006, Jason joined the Houston Police Department, where he would eventually be promoted to the Crime Reduction Unit of the Gang Division in 2008. He was a member of this elite force until his career came to an abrupt end after being involved in a near fatal, high speed chase while in the line of duty. On May 3, 2011, Jason found himself fighting for his life once more after becoming trapped in the wreckage of his squad car. Continue Reading »

Bladder cancer mortality after spinal cord injury over 4 decades – Abstract

Published: March 5, 2015

urotoday logoBladder cancer mortality was not significantly increased for ventilator users, those with motor incomplete injuries, or those injured less than 10 years.

PURPOSE: To estimate the bladder cancer mortality in persons with spinal cord injury (SCI), as compared to the general population.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data and statistics were retrieved from the National SCI Statistical Center and National Center for Health Statistics. Continue Reading »

Spinal cord injury and SSD benefits

Published: February 25, 2015

Spinal cord injury and SSD benefitsBetween 12,000 and 20,000 people will sustain spinal cord injuries this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Another 200,000 people, including many Chicago residents, already live with these injuries. While recovery is possible after some spinal cord injuries, severe injuries may cause paralysis and other permanent complications. If a spinal cord injury significantly restricts a person’s daily functioning and ability to work, the victim may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. Continue Reading »

Hope For Spinal Cord Regeneration

Published: February 11, 2015

shutterstock_188516501-771x514Traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) is a severely disabling condition that can result in full or partial paralysis, as well as sensory and autonomic dysfunction. SCI has an estimated incidence of 12,000 new cases per year in the United States alone, caused primarily by automobile accidents, falls, violence and sports. Despite extensive research, an effective cure is yet to be defined.

The spinal cord is the bridge between the brain and the rest of the body, conveying motor and sensory information between them. When injury to the spinal cord occurs, these pathways are interrupted, with motor control and sensory perception being impaired as a consequence. Continue Reading »

Upper Limb Kinematics After Cervical Spinal Cord Injury: A Review

Published: January 30, 2015

Although a number of upper limb kinematic studies have been conducted, no review actually addresses the key-features of open-chain upper limb movements after cervical spinal cord injury (SCI). The aim of this literature review is to provide a clear understanding of motor control and kinematic changes during open-chain upper limb reaching, reach-to-grasp, overhead movements, and fast elbow flexion movements after tetraplegia. Continue Reading »

Former surfer, now quadriplegic’s advice: Never give up

Published: January 17, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

ronheagy_184ALBANY, Ore. — Ron Heagy Jr. of Millersburg, Ore., used to think he had problems.

He was 17, 6-foot-2, and could bench-press 300 pounds. He was going to be a fullback for Oregon State University. He had plans for spring break that didn’t include dragging his little brother along on a surfing trip.

But here he was, stuck with a 13-year-old, so mad he shrugged off his mother’s request for a hug goodbye.

March 17, 1980. A perfect, pristine morning, the day before his 18th birthday. Heagy left his brother snoozing on the sand and headed out for what looked like the perfect wave. Continue Reading »