People who get serious spinal cord injuries have to adjust to a lot. That may be why, in the first year after their injuries, they are at serious risk for a potentially fatal condition called autonomic dysreflexia. Autonomic dysreflexia shows that the body can take itself down if its signals are ignored.
Nerves will try to get useful signals through to the brain any way they can. Sometimes this can be a good thing: Nerve cells were once thought to be unable to repair themselves after damage, but now we know they can slowly heal. Continue Reading »
The state must lead the efforts to rehabilitate and integrate the physically challenged in society
Imagine being robbed of the ability to move your hands and of having to depend on a wheelchair or crutches, and in the worst-case scenario, of being bed-ridden for the rest of your life. Then think of what it would take for you to lead a dignified, fulfilling and inspirational life. Every year, thousands of people with a spinal cord injury are compelled to face this in reality due to manmade accidents or natural disasters. A spinal cord injury blocks communication between the brain and the rest of the body, partially or completely paralysing the body’s whole host of muscular and nerve functions. Continue Reading »
Spinal Cord Injury Resource Center. Find everything you need to learn more about your injury, locate a doctor or treatment center, or discover financial relief to support you through this difficult time. Continue Reading »
Autonomic dysreflexia often goes unrecognised in patients with spinal cord injury. Health professionals must be able to recognise when patients are at risk.
A young patient with tetraplegia arrives in the emergency department with a severe headache, dilated pupils, beads of sweat on their forehead, chest pain, bradycardia and a blood pressure of 280/130. What do you think is happening? Recreational drug use? A hypertensive crisis with a renal, endocrine or neurological cause? Is your immediate response to carry out an electrocardiogram and blood tests? In fact, this life-threatening emergency could be caused by something as simple as a full bladder. Continue Reading »
SCI-U is a series of 10 multimedia courses about learning to live with spinal cord injury. The courses have been designed to give you the information you need to live a healthy, active life. They were developed by people who live with SCI, in collaboration with researchers and clinicians. Continue Reading »
London: Humans and monkeys exhibit greater motor recovery than rats after similar spinal cord injury, new research shows.Spontaneous improvement occurs during the first six months after a spinal cord injury, allowing a hemiplegic patient to recover partial motor control.
The neuronal mechanisms underlying this extensive recovery in primates are nearly absent in laboratory rats, researchers said. “Research on rats is essential for developing regenerative therapies, but rodents show fundamental differences from primates in terms of neuronal reorganisation and functional recovery,” say researchers. Continue Reading »
Sculptor has personal ties to hospital after husband’s spinal cord injury
Englewood, CO–Craig Hospital will unveil a new sculpture at the hospital’s newly renovated front entrance on August 11, 2015, at 12:00 p.m. Colorado sculptor Madeline Wiener created the marble piece which depicts a woman helping a man off the ground.
“I hope that people immediately grasp the care given at Craig and the determination of the patient who may be in the worst shape on entry to Craig, but accomplishing the impossible,” said Wiener. Continue Reading »