Articles Tagged: Paraplegia
Ever have trouble making sense out of articles in medical, scientific, and research magazines? This brochure will give you some pointers as you try to wade through all the techno-jargon you find!
There’s Hope in Consistency
You need some strategies to make reading medical and scientific journals easier. Luckily, scientific articles in magazines – like the Journal of the American Medical Association, Spinal Cord, or Neurology – tend to be divided into sections with headings like Continue Reading »
Most authors who publish research articles use statistics to make their conclusions. Hold on to your seats! Statistics have a way of losing even the best of readers. What we’ll try to do here is give you a very simple, streamlined understanding of statistics.
In general, statistics are used to describe something or to examine differences among groups or relationships among characteristics. Statisticians will use terms like mean, median, and standard deviation. Continue Reading »
Published: July 24, 2005 | Category: News
GIGER MD® Therapy is a unique therapy method
The damaged or functionally impaired CNS (Central Nervous System) is functionally reorganised in its activated network parts or in its basic structure through the relearning of lost frequency and phase coordination in the performance of coordinated rhythmical movement. In the case of severe CNS damage, the restoration of physiological functions is only possible when instructed learning takes place in an integrative, co-ordinated and efficient way. The relearning of relative frequency and phase coordination and of old movement patterns of the diseased CNS can best be achieved with the use of GIGER MD® medical device which controls the frequency and phase coordination with a precision of milliseconds. Continue Reading »
Published: June 12, 2005 | Category: News
When I directed PVA’s Spinal Cord Research Foundation a decade ago, function-restoring interventions for spinal cord injury (SCI) were rare and usually off the radar screen in this pre-Internet era. In contrast, today, so many promising surgeries are in the developmental pipeline, it is difficult to keep track of them; at this ever-accelerating rate, the next decade’s progress is anticipated with great excitement. This article’s purpose is to provide brief synopses of some of these surgeries involving the transplantation of various stem or olfactory cells. Continue Reading »
When someone sustains a spinal cord injury (SCI), one of the most difficult issues to deal with is that there is no “cure” at the present time. One would think that, with the “explosion in scientific knowledge” we hear about almost every day, SOMEONE would be doing SOMETHING to find a cure for people with SCI. If we can achieve the impossible in other areas, like transplanting entire organs and organ systems from one person to another and isolating human genes, why can’t we figure out why the spinal cord does not repair itself and then do something to correct this biological problem? Continue Reading »
It is very important to be confident about the quality of care you or a loved one will receive when entering a Rehabilitation program. Very few people have prior experience with rehabilitation or the effects of a spinal cord injury (SCI), thus, assessing the quality of a rehabilitation program is difficult.
Although the final decision will ultimately depend upon individual circumstances such as insurance and location, all rehabilitation programs have features which can be evaluated, regardless of your prior knowledge of rehabilitation or SCI. Continue Reading »
Every day more than 30 people become paralyzed from spinal cord injury (SCI) or disease. SCI generally results in one of two types of paralysis:
Paraplegia – paralysis affecting the legs and lower part of the body
Quadriplegia – paralysis affecting the level below the neck and chest area; involving both the arms and legs Continue Reading »
Published: May 2, 2005 | Category: Answers
1. What is Spinal Cord Injury?
Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) is damage to the spinal cord that results in a loss of function such as mobility or feeling. Frequent causes of damage are trauma (car accident, gunshot, falls, etc.) or disease (polio, spina bifida, Friedreich’s Ataxia, etc.). The spinal cord does not have to be severed in order for a loss of functioning to occur. In fact, in most people with SCI, the spinal cord is intact, but the damage to it results in loss of functioning. SCI is very different from back injuries such as ruptured disks, spinal stenosis or pinched nerves. Continue Reading »
What is Functional Electrical Stimulation?
Functional electrical stimulation (FES) can be applied to a wide variety of research and treatment approaches. Frequently asked questions about FES include: What is FES? How can FES help me? Will FES help me to walk again? FES is the most important application in the field of clinical treatment with currents or magnetism. This technique artificially generates neural activity in order to overcome lost functions of paralyzed, incontinent or sensory impaired persons. The term “functional electrical stimulation” can be used to describe a variety of therapeutic techniques and experimental treatment approaches. Continue Reading »
Fifty years ago, a spinal cord injury was usually fatal. Today, there’s still no way to reverse damage to the spinal cord. But advances in recent years have improved the recovery of patients with a spinal cord injury and halved the amount of time survivors must spend in the hospital. Researchers are optimistically working on new treatments, including innovative prostheses and medications that may promote nerve cell Regeneration or improve the function of the nerves that remain after a spinal cord injury.
In the meantime, treatment focuses on preventing further injury and enabling people with a spinal cord injury to return to an active and productive life within the limits of their Disability. This requires urgent emergency attention and ongoing care. Continue Reading »