Articles Tagged: Quadriplegia
Published: September 8, 2003 | Category: Links
Online patient support groups for people living with neurological conditions provided as a free public service by the Department of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital and are open to everyone. These message boards are a place to share ideas, thoughts and feelings with other patients and caregivers around the world.
CareCure Community (SpineWire)
This site is a successor to the highly successful SpineWire and Cando web sites. The new site provides information and discussion forums for the spinal cord injury community. Also contains articles, lectures and other resources that might be of interest to people with a spinal cord injury. The site is provided by the Spinal Cord Injury Project of the W. M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience at Rutgers University for the spinal cord injury community. Continue Reading »
Think you know the facts about spinal cord injuries? Here is some information that may surprise you.
Who Do Spinal Cord Injuries Affect in the United States?
- 250,000 Americans are spinal cord injured.
- 52% of spinal cord injured individuals are considered Paraplegic and 47% quadriplegic.
- Approximately 11,000 new injuries occur each year.
- 82% are male.
- 56% of injuries occur between the ages of 16 and 30.
- The average age of spinal cord injured person is 31.
- SCI injuries are most commonly caused by: Continue Reading »
Every year, approximately 10,000 persons in the United States, typically young adults (New Mobility, 1996), seriously injure their spinal cords and become permanently paralyzed. Through advances in medical treatment, most persons survive a spinal cord injury and live two or more decades post-injury. However, researchers have only recently begun to study the long-term psychosocial implications of a spinal cord injury (Whiteneck, Charlifue, Frankel, et al., 1992). One such psychosocial implication is the person’s perceived satisfaction with the quality of his or her life following such an injury. This study examined factors associated with the life satisfaction of persons with a spinal cord injury including biological, personal, and social factors. Continue Reading »
Neck immobilisation is vital in patients with suspected Cervical spine injuries and generally involves applying a hard cervical collar–usually by ambulance crew, nurses, or junior doctors. We present the case of a patient with ankylosing spondylitis who sustained a cervical fracture but had no cord injury initially. He became quadriplegic after a hard collar was applied in the emergency department, and he subsequently died. Continue Reading »