SUBSCRIBE: RSS Feed for Spinal Cord Injury Zone Email Updates Follow Spinal Cord Injury Zone on Twitter Spinal Cord Injury Zone on Facebook

Articles Tagged: Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal Cord Injuries Lead to a Very Odd (But Serious) Risk

Published: November 14, 2015 | Category: Information

Spinal-Cord-Injuries-Lead-to-a-Very-Odd-But-Serious-RiskPeople 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 »

Lift the Burden

Published: November 10, 2015 | Category: News

Lift the burdenThe 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 »

Published: November 2, 2015 | Category: Links

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 in spinal cord injury

Published: October 26, 2015 | Category: Information

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 »

Man does not let spinal cord injury stop him from living life

Published: September 3, 2015 | Category: Videos

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. —Riviera Beach Police officers are honoring the department’s newest disabled employee. Continue Reading »

SCI-U | Healthy living starts here

Published: September 2, 2015 | Category: Links

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 »

How humans, monkeys recover from paralysis

Published: August 29, 2015 | Category: Information

How humans monkeys recover from paralysisLondon: 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 »

​Craig Hospital unveils new sculpture

Published: August 10, 2015 | Category: News

​Craig Hospital unveils new sculptureSculptor 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 »

Neil Sachse’s life as quadriplegic following VFL accident revealed in new book

Published: August 3, 2015 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Neil Sachse's life as quadriplegicIn round two of the 1975 VFL season, Neil Sachse was a promising South Australian Aussie Rules footballer playing his second match for Footscray.

He had just come from winning a premiership with SANFL’s North Adelaide and was ready to make his mark on the Victorian competition.

After winning a loose ball in the match against Fitzroy, Mr Sachse turned to run, and ducked into an attacking player.

The split second movement shunted Mr Sachse’s neck and the resultant spinal injury left him a quadriplegic. Continue Reading »

Injured Manitoba jockey Alyssa Selman determined to ride again

Published: July 11, 2015 | Category: Videos

Selman thrown from horse, injured spine during race at Assiniboia Downs in June Continue Reading »