Online education resources are available to you and your loved ones.
The information presented in this on page is educational and not intended as medical advice or the practice of medicine. Specific aspects of your outcomes and care should be addressed and answered after consultation with your physician.
Paralyzed Veterans of America sets the standard in Clinical Practice Guidelines for healthcare practitioners at all levels and all those who care for individuals living with Spinal Cord Injury and Disease (SCI/D).
The International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) module has been developed for and in close collaboration with the SCI consumers. Education about the injury is an important component of a comprehensive rehabilitation for person with SCI.
United Spinal Association is dedicated to empowering people with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D), including veterans, to live successful and fulfilling lives.
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by advancing innovative research and improving quality of life for individuals and families impacted by paralysis. There are many ways to get support, get involved and donate to support the Reeve Foundation mission.
The Wheelchair Skills Program (WSP) is a set of free online low-tech, high-impact, evidence-based resources for the assessment and training of the wheelchair skills of users (with or without the assistance of caregivers) of manual wheelchairs, powered wheelchairs and motorized mobility scooters.
Spinal Cord Injury BC is a team of sexual health clinicians and specialists in Vancouver, BC providing specialist sexual health services, education and research in British Columbia, Canada.
Wheelchair Travel is the world's largest accessible travel resource, with information about inclusive travel for disabled people, wheelchair friendly destinations and more.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham Spinal Cord Injury Model System (UAB-SCIMS) maintains the Information Network as a resource to promote knowledge in the areas of research, health and quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries, their families, and SCI-related professionals. Here, you will find our educational materials and information on research activities of the UAB-SCIMS along with links to outside (Internet) information.
Emily Potter, OTR, discusses the addition of hand controls on vehicles and shows how she transfers from a wheelchair to her car.
Matthew E. Davis, MD, Clinical Medical Director, SCI, of TIRR Memorial Hermann presents a webinar about safety and quaility considerations for CAUTIs and spinal cord injury.
I have a Spinal Cord Injury. I am susceptible to a medical emergency known as Autonomic Dysreflexia (AD), which results in a dangerous rise in blood pressure. It is caused by an unusual/painful stimulus below my injury level – including areas that do not feel pain. The most common causes are bladder over distension and constipation. My baseline blood pressure may be low, so a blood pressure more than 20mmHg above my usual baseline may indicate a serious problem. Blood pressures that may not be worrisome in able-bodied people may result in a seizure, stroke or cardiac dysfunction if AD is left untreated. Once the cause of AD is found, blood pressure returns back to normal on its own.
If you don't know what to do, call 911.
Hypertension resolves when the cause of pain stimulus is found.
Following a spinal cord injury, excess mucus and secretions can accumulate in the lungs. Paralysis of chest and abdominal muscles results in loss of ability to cough effectively. Assisted cough is necessary to aid the person in removing secretions from the lungs, and is performed by applying manual pressure to the upper abdomen as the person attempts to cough. It can be performed in a variety of ways, but the basic principles for each method are the same. If patient has an IVC filter, hand position changes to side.
If you treat patients with this disorder, come listen to this (podcast) episode for an introduction and discussion of common misconceptions that have meaningful implications for your patients.
If you, a family member or a friend struggles to understand and manage neurogenic bladder, this (podcast) episode is for you.
Are you feeling down, less energized, socially isolated or generally fatigued after 2020? Join us for this episode of Beyond the Bladder, where we discuss issues that you have suggested are relevant to our Bladder Buzz listeners.
If you have a mobility impairment and use a wheelchair or other assistive device and you’re concerned about how others might view a romantic relationship with you, then come along on the beginning of this new adventure with Ms. Wimbish and Dr. Denny.
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