Articles Tagged: Spinal Cord Injury Education
As part of a growing health and cost conscious public, we now take more responsibility for our health. More concerned about what we eat, drink and how we exercise, we also bring a questioning approach to health care. We are now forging new relationships with our doctors and we are less likely to sit passively and accept unquestioningly our doctor’s directions. We want second opinions, alternative treatments or medications.
As a person with SCI, you know you will spend more time with doctors and other health care professionals than most people. It is a good idea to know your rights and responsibilities as a patient as well as your doctors rights and responsibilities. Continue Reading »
It’s no surprise that many people with spinal cord injuries have aches and pains. Often, that aching and paining targets the joints. And, with arms needing to do their own job, as well as having to serve as “surrogate legs” – transferring, using wheelchairs, maybe even pedaling handcycles – no one will be shocked to hear that the most achy joint of all is the shoulder. Continue Reading »
You may find it harder to sit up straight at the table. You may notice a certain crookedness when glancing in a mirror or store window. The lower back pain or forward lean seems to have gotten worse over the past year. Or your back just seems constantly tired. These symptoms all point to posture problems, which are common with both aging and SCI. Getting older with SCI? Pay attention … Continue Reading »
It could be a traffic jam, or a busy airport. It could be at school or on the job. Wherever your look, you can see signs of stress and tension. Stress is everywhere in our society, and there’s a lot of evidence that it affects our health.
Stress and Spinal Cord Injury
Many people believe that having a spinal cord injury must be extremely stressful. While no one knows this for sure, some recent research is helping us find answers to this question. Continue Reading »
If you are newly injured and need information about Disability benefits, or if you’re approaching age 65, and looking at retirement, then it might be time to check out Medicare and its many options.
What is Medicare?
Medicare is a federal health insurance program for persons who are disabled and have received Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for at least 24 months, and for persons 65 years of age or older. Medicare has two parts:
Part A covers inpatient hospitalization, skilled nursing facility care, and hospice care. It covers all but the first three pints of blood per year. Medicare will also pay for some home health care services. However, to get these services you must need skilled care and you must be homebound. Continue Reading »
What do all of the following have in common?
- increased muscle Spasticity
- heart, liver, kidney, & brain damage
- pressure sores
- urinary tract infections Continue Reading »
You’ve probably heard those narrators on the National Geographic specials say things like “Water gives life” or “Without water there could be no life.” They’re overly dramatic, but they’re right.
It’s easier than you think to get dehydrated
We humans are more than 70% water. We begin to get dehydrated and our performance drops off with just so much as a 2% water loss. What can cause a 2% water loss? It doesn’t take much. It can happen to an athlete who’s competing, to someone who’s in bed with the flu or diarrhea, in the very hot weather, or even to someone who just doesn’t drink enough. Continue Reading »
Published: July 28, 2005 | Category: News
Quadriplegic rugby players say a new movie gets it right about the game — and about life in a chair
Damon Rozier thought his life was over eight years ago after he was sideswiped by a car while riding his motorcycle. The collision propelled Rozier’s bike into the air. When it came down, it landed on top of him, snapping his neck in two places.
Doctors told him he would never walk again. As he lay in St. Vincent’s Hospital, his body twisted and broken, Rozier thought only of suicide. Continue Reading »
Published: July 25, 2005 | Category: News
Fifteen years ago today, with bipartisan support in Congress and broad endorsements from the civil rights coalition, President George H. W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), calling for the “shameful wall of exclusion” to come tumbling down. As we mark this significant anniversary, we celebrate improvements in access to polling places and the secret ballot, government services and programs, transportation, public places, communication and information technology. Parents pushing strollers, workers delivering packages, and travelers pulling roller bags have grown accustomed to curb cuts, ramps, and other accessibility features less common in 1990. Our country is more accessible today thanks to the ADA, and all Americans are better off. Continue Reading »
Published: July 25, 2005 | Category: News
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law by former President George Herbert Walker Bush on July 26, 1990. As we celebrate the 15th anniversary of this landmark legislation, it is important to recognize the great strides that have been made for millions of Americans with disabilities.
As President George W. Bush said today, in a proclamation recognizing this significant milestone, “The ADA has been a great success in expanding opportunity for disabled Americans. By reducing barriers and changing perceptions, the ADA has increased participation in community life and given greater hope to millions of Americans.” Continue Reading »