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Articles Tagged: Quality Of Life

Michele Lee’s Spinal Cord Injury Patient Story

Published: August 13, 2009 | Category: News

Michele_GroupShot-WebMichele Lee, 26, is a woman with a good job, an apartment in the city, a talent for painting and an independent, adventurous spirit. She doesn’t let being in a wheelchair keep her from enjoying being young and enjoying all the fruits the city of Chicago has to offer.

In 2003, two days before her graduation from the University of Arizona, Lee was in a car accident on her way to pick up her parents at the airport. Her C5 vertebra was fractured, resulting in, as she puts it matter-of-factly, “the whole paralysis thing.” She was left with no sensory or motor function in her legs and very little function in her arms and hands. Continue Reading »

The paralysis buster: Jab and exercise combination could help sufferers regain the use of their hands

Published: August 10, 2009 | Category: News

article-1205436-0602103B000005DC-723_468x490A jab that helps heal damaged spinal cords and eases paralysis is being developed by British scientists.

It is hoped that patients such as car crash victims could be given back the use of their hands, allowing them to eat and drink without help and even to return to work.

While the jab offers improvements that may seem small compared to the possibility of making the wheelchair-bound walk again, it could bring a huge benefits in terms of quality of life.

Scientists are developing an injection that will help heal damaged spinal cords and ease paralysis. Continue Reading »

The scourge of bedsores is being confronted

Published: August 6, 2009 | Category: Information

What do you know about bedsores? They come from too much pressure on your skin in one place for too long. If you are paralyzed, and have no sensation, say, on your butt, you might not even be aware you have one. And it can kill you.

Believe it or not, an ongoing controversy concerning whether or not bedsores are preventable was resolved when Medicare declared pressure ulcers (bedsores) a “never event”, i.e. a medical error. Continue Reading »

Life changing, not life ending

Published: August 6, 2009 | Category: News

PeterChisholmIt’s quiet under the water. The roar of the rapids muted.

But Peter Chisholm’s heart raced as he fought to grab the loops of his spray skirt.

This time it was different. This was not like the thousands of times he’d rolled in his kayak while navigating a rushing river.

In less time than it takes to dip a paddle in the water, Peter was upside down, the river hurling him on a life-changing ride. Continue Reading »

Patients With Spinal Cord Injuries Go Sailing

Published: August 1, 2009 | Category: News

HOBIEDAYDENVER (CBS4) ― Craig Hospital patients took their rehabilitation outside on Friday for “Hobie Day.”

It was a chance for people with spinal cord injuries to show what they’ve accomplished on a visit to Cherry Creek Reservoir.

The patients were supported by family, nurses and therapists as they braved the water and boarded hobies, or hobie cats — small sailboats.

“Getting them out into the real world settings — the sun, the sand, the wind and getting on boats is applied therapy,” Craig spokesman Kenny Hosack said. “It’s disguised as fun.” Continue Reading »

The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation support I Believe Inc

Published: July 28, 2009 | Category: Videos

The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation support I Believe Inc

Foundation studies extreme blood pressure in people with spinal cord injury

Published: July 6, 2009 | Category: News
Dr. Victoria Claydon

Dr. Victoria Claydon

People with spinal cord injury often experience extremes in their blood pressure. Episodes of both very high and dangerously low blood pressures caused by damage to the spinal cord may be associated with a lack of control over blood flow in the brain. This can cause a range of other problems that are directly implicated in heart disease, which is the leading cause of death among people with spinal cord injuries.

In this study from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of B.C. & Yukon, Dr. Victoria Claydon will look at what happens to blood flow in the brain during episodes of extreme blood pressure in approximately 40 people with an injured spinal cord. Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Patient Pins Hopes On Stem Cell Therapy

Published: July 5, 2009 | Category: News

A 34 year old Bangladeshi electronic hardware engineer, resident in the Middle East, who is a paraplegic after tumor surgery, travelled to Bangkok in the hope of regaining some sensation and control.

In July 2006 M.H. aged 34 experienced an unpleasant burning sensation in both legs. He lost the ability to walk and rapidly lost bladder and bowel control. After investigations he was diagnosed as having an operable tumor on his spinal cord. Continue Reading »

Andy’s mountain chair challenge

Published: July 4, 2009 | Category: News

10446852A SEVENOAKS man is tackling Snowdon for charity less than a year after being paralysed in an accident.

Andy Adamson, 27, of Chipstead Lane, said he was lying in hospital after a mountain biking accident in the French Alps in August last year, wondering if he would ever be able to get out, let alone get back to his previously sporty life.

Now he is preparing to climb Snowdon to raise money for the Back Up Trust, a charity which supports people after they have suffered spinal cord injuries. Continue Reading »

Mayo Clinic Guide to Living with a Spinal Cord Injury

Published: June 27, 2009 | Category: News

9781932603774_lDemos Health is pleased to announce the publication in partnership with the Mayo Clinic of the “Mayo Clinic Guide to Living with a Spinal Cord Injury: Moving Ahead with Your Life.” This is the definitive guide for all those living with a spinal cord injury.

New York, NY (PRWEB) June 27, 2009 — “The Mayo Clinic Guide to Living with a Spinal Cord Injury: Moving Ahead with Your Life” is an indispensable guide offering a complete picture of the road to recovery and provides specifics to move ahead with your life. Continue Reading »