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Always Climb Higher by Jeff Pagels

Published: August 16, 2015

Always-Climb-HigherStory of the comeback from a devastating spinal cord injury in 1984 to Jeff Pagels and how he came back to be the fastest USA Nordic Disabled Skier in the world and then abandoned competition against others to just compete with himself by climbing mountains and other extreme outdoor pursuits.

Jeff Pagels received his label, disabled, in 1984 when a tree fell on him. A wheelchair user since then, he has gone on to become the USA’s most decorated cross-country skier with 5 Paralympic medals. In 1995, Jeff turned to competing with himself rather than beating up on other people. His venue is all outdoors including many of the highest places in this world. Continue Reading »

Alex Taylor – My battle to be stylish as a disabled man

Published: August 5, 2015 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Alex Taylor in a leather jacketLife in a wheelchair comes with a unique set of daily challenges – like the difficulty of embracing fashion, writes Alex Taylor

My understanding of the complexities around disability and style began at an early age. Six-years old, to be exact. A lady politely came up and asked my mother where she could buy red shoes like mine. Of course, she didn’t know they were special orthopaedic shoes made to support my feet. She also certainly wasn’t prepared for my then innocent face to reply “you can’t, you have to have brain damage to get these”. Continue Reading »

The Race To Treat Spinal Cord Injury: A Comparative Analysis

Published: July 16, 2015

Summary

  • Four biotech companies are pursuing the treatment of spinal cord injury with the use of stem cell transplantation.
  • Each company demonstrated efficacy in pre-clinical studies.
  • The race is in the early stages but InVivo Therapeutics is clearly leading the pack based on its strategic approach to accelerated HDE approval and initial trial results.

Continue Reading »

5 key notes on cervical spinal cord injury treatment delays

Published: July 8, 2015

A new study published in Spine examines the reasons for treating cervical spinal cord injury late.

The researchers examined 2,636 patients for the study. They used the National Trauma Data Bank Research Data Set to gather information. There were 803 patients with complete spinal cord injury, 950 with incomplete spinal cord injury and 883 with central spinal cord injury. Continue Reading »

Majority of patients with traumatic spinal cord injuries develop adverse events during acute care

Published: June 29, 2015

The majority of patients recovering from traumatic spinal cord injuries developed an adverse event during acute hospital care at rates significantly higher than previously reported, according to results in a recently published study. Continue Reading »

How to Play Blues Harmonica after a High Level Spinal Cord Injury

Published: June 10, 2015

playing the harmonica hands-freeA few years ago Jeremy Olson discovered something that could dramatically improve the quality of life of many people.

We already know that the harmonica is one of the most versatile, easy to play and affordable instruments out there. But what makes the harmonica special is that it is the perfect instrument if you have sustained a high level spinal cord injury.

This is because the harmonica is one of the few instruments that can be played hands-free. Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injuries Drop Among Young, But Rise Among Older Americans

Published: June 9, 2015

spine_59098Falls are the major cause among the elderly, researchers say

While the overall rate of traumatic spinal cord injuries was stable from 1993 to 2012, an increasing number of older Americans have experienced this injury, a new study finds.

“Spinal cord injury is a catastrophic injury that often results in permanent disability,” said lead researcher Dr. Nitin Jain, an associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tenn. Continue Reading »

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 »