As many as 500,000 people suffer a spinal cord injury each year. People with spinal cord injuries are 2 to 5 times more likely to die prematurely, with worse survival rates in low- and middle-income countries. The new WHO report, “International perspectives on spinal cord injuries”, summarizes the best available evidence on the causes, prevention, care and lived experience of people with spinal cord injury. Continue Reading »
Articles Tagged: Spinal Cord Injury
U.S. Navy veteran Jim Trombley, of Ballwin, clutched a firearm to his cheek, his eye riveted along the barrel. There was a long moment of anticipation, after which the command came. “Pull!”
A bright orange clay bird wheeled into the air, ahead of Trombley’s discerning gaze. A quick assessment of the clay’s trajectory signaled Trombley the precise moment to pull the trigger.
The shotgun’s report was immediately followed by the dramatic split of the clay bird, scattering orange splinters asunder. Continue Reading »
Technology is one of the most powerful tools that can be provided to people with spinal cord injuries (SCI). It is widely accepted among user and clinical communities that wheelchairs can be tremendously empowering when properly selected, fitted, and the users are adequately trained. Unfortunately, wheelchair users are being negatively impacted by misguided changes in reimbursement for wheelchairs and associated technology resulting in them obtaining lower quality products. To make matters worse, newly injured people rarely receive sufficient training in wheelchair skills and maintenance, leading to premature wheelchair failure, injuries and down-time for users, and higher barriers to community participation. Conversely, new technologies show promise to increase the capabilities of people with SCI, but will trends change and make these technologies available and reimbursable? Science must push ahead and show the possibilities, while advocacy must drive policy to catch up. Continue Reading »
The Buoniconti Fund and National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA), intend to jointly implement a coordinated national network of local support groups called the Spinal Network. Together, the Spinal Network will establish consistent standards for local groups wishing to provide support for the people living with Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders (SCI/D), with an emphasis upon groups that promote independence and active lifestyle community integration. Continue Reading »
A spinal cord injury can happen to anyone yet no one is prepared for life after the injury. Continue Reading »
Imagine being paralyzed: whatever position you are in right now, you must stay there– until someone comes to move you.
As an American, the chances of you becoming paralyzed are roughly one in fifty.
With a U.S. population of 315 million, an estimated 5.6 million children and adults suffer paralysis. That’s 1.7% of America’s population, members of your family and mine.
One is my friend who recently incurred a nerve condition called Guillain-Barre’ (gee-on burray, GB) syndrome. He was paralyzed in hands and legs, but fortunately had the good sense to get to a physician immediately. Continue Reading »
Maintaining health can prevent secondary complications from developing, new book says
oanne Smith and Kylie James knew that diet plays a significant role in the health of people with neurological disorders. But they couldn’t find published material to that back knowledge up.
So Smith, a registered nutritionist with a spinal cord injury, and James, a nutritionist and occupational therapist specializing in neurological disorders, decided to produce a book themselves. They did it with a grant from the Paralyzed Veterans of America. Continue Reading »
New Brunswick, NJ – Walking is the obvious goal for individuals who have a chronic spinal cord injury, but it is not the only one. Regaining sensation and continence control also are important goals that can positively impact an individual’s quality of life. New hope for reversing the effects of spinal cord injury may be found in a combination of stem cell therapy and physical therapy as reported in Cell Transplantation by scientists at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Continue Reading »
During the past four years, important New York State funding for the Spinal Cord Injury Research Program (SCIRP) have been diverted to offset the New York State budget deficit. The end result has been a loss of support for:
- New cutting-edge therapies for New Yorkers with spinal cord injuries;
- Funding for recruitment of spinal cord research scientists;
- Training new new spinal cord injury physicians and scientists; and
- New inventions and technology for spinal cord injury therapies and treatment.
SCIRP has been funded through a law that stipulates a surcharge on those convicted of moving traffic violations since 1998. The statute stipulates that the program be funded through a new surcharge on moving traffic violations. If you speed in New York State, a surcharge goes into a trust fund for spinal cord research. As moving violations account for many spinal cord injuries, this funding mechanism is appropriate and vital. Continue Reading »