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Information on Spinal Cord Injury Research, Treatments, Medicines and Quality of Life

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 »

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 »

Pool Wheelchairs Go Down Teamboat Springs at Disney Water Parks

Published: July 25, 2014

Wheelchairs at Disney Water Parks. 2jpgWalt Disney World ® Water Parks make getting around in a wheelchair even easier. Thanks to mobile wheelchair lifts, Blizzard Beach’s Gondola at the Chairlift, and even the ability to take the wheelchair with you on a ride, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon ® and Disney’s Blizzard Beach ® let guests actually ride some of their famed rides and attractions with your wheelchair! Continue Reading »