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Bianca Chadda
Bianca Chadda | January 24, 2020

Everything You Need to Know about C1 and C2 Vertebrae

While all spinal cord injuries (SCIs) are dangerous and life-altering to the people who suffer them, there is one variety of spinal cord injury, in ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Caregiver Burnout , Caregiver Duties , Caregiver Support Groups
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | January 24, 2020

Supporting Yourself as a Caregiver to Someone with a Spinal Cord Injury

Caregivers are an essential role in the lives of many people with spinal cord injuries. When you decide to take on the role of a caregiver, it can be ...

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If you have any questions at all about your spinal cord injury, coping strategies, treatment options, or legal issues regarding an SCI case, please contact us right away! The sooner you can get these questions answered, the better.

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Topics: Wheelchair Accessible , Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles , Mobility Solutions , All Terrain Vehicles
Rebecca Sefter
Rebecca Sefter | January 23, 2020

Driving Safe After Sustaining SCI Through Vehicle Modifications

  Many lifestyle changes are inevitable following a spinal cord injury. Aspects of everyday life such as work, transportation and personal health ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Child Neglect , Dear Abby , childhelp
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | January 22, 2020

The Cost of Apathy and Inaction

On January 16th, 2020 the advice column Dear Abby published the letter of a 57-year-old man who sustained a spinal cord injury when he was a child. ...

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Zawn Villines
Zawn Villines | January 21, 2020

Tetraplegia vs. Quadriplegia vs. Paraplegia - What the Difference?

Traumatic spinal cord injuries (SCIs) can cause a variety of symptoms for survivors. Every injury is unique, and each person’s body responds ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Assistive Technology Devices , Accessibility , Jabberwocky
Aaron Chavez
Aaron Chavez | January 18, 2020

Using a Smartphone Touch-Free with Jabberwocky

Access to technology is a key part of living an independent life. And for those living with high quadriplegia from a spinal cord injury (tens of ...

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Our team of spinal cord injury specialists are here to help answer any questions you may have, or we can direct you to an experienced and trusted lawyer.

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Topics: Caregivers , Caregiver Duties , Caregiving , Traveling Companion , Traveling Jobs
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | January 17, 2020

How to Find Caregivers for Traveling

Many people with spinal cord injuries can freely travel, but for those who require caregivers daily, figuring out caregiving can be the most ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Wheelchair Bound , Wheelchair , Wheelchairs For Sale
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | January 14, 2020

Know Before You Buy: The Wheelchair Reviews & Views Project

When it comes to having a spinal cord injury, one of the biggest expenses is the wheelchair. The price can be shocking. For example, the going price ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Core Exercises
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | January 10, 2020

Strengthening Your Core Post-Injury

For anyone with a spinal cord injury, being as strong as possible is the ultimate goal. Whenever a large portion of your body is paralyzed, it's ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Caregiver Burnout , Caregiver Duties , Caregiving
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | January 07, 2020

Signs of Spinal Cord Injury Caregiver Burnout

It takes a village or so goes the popular phrase, and that is definitely the case when it comes to caregiving after a spinal cord injury. Sadly, many ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , handicap accessible homes , Housing Assistance , housing for people with disabilities
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | January 06, 2020

How to Find Accessible Housing After a Spinal Cord Injury

One of the most common issues people run into after sustaining a spinal cord injury or a spinal cord contusion is not being able to find accessible ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injuries , Common Childhood Diseases , Children's Health , Children's Healthcare
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | January 04, 2020

5 Important Health Concerns for Children with SCI

Children with spinal cord injuries are a relatively rare occurrence. According to a 2004 study by the Model Spinal Cord Injury Care Systems, only 4% ...

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Topics: handicap accessible homes , amazon alexa devices , Amazon Alexa
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | January 03, 2020

Making a Home Accessible with Amazon Alexa

Since Amazon’s Alexa debuted in 2016, people with disabilities have been a lot more independent in their homes. Before the advent of this smart ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Non-Profit Organization , Advocacy
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | December 27, 2019

How to Become an Advocate After a Spinal Cord Injury

There are many ways you can be an advocate after a spinal cord injury. Whether the spinal cord injury happened to you or a family member, there are ...

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Topics: Help Hope Live , Non-Profit Organization , Charity , Charity Organization
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | December 21, 2019

Help Hope Live

One of the questions I hear from individuals and family members who reach out for help is, “How are we going to pay for everything?” Catastrophic ...

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Topics: Paralysis , Natural Medicine , Quadriplegia
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | December 19, 2019

Natural Spasticity Management for SCI

One of the number one complaints people have after a spinal cord injury is muscle spasticity. It can interfere with everyday life and can be so ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Yoga Poses , Yoga Benefits , Yoga Positions , Adaptive Yoga
Spinal Cord Team
Spinal Cord Team | December 19, 2019

The Basics of Adaptive Yoga

Adaptive yoga has grown exponentially since the 1990s, with rehab facilities across the country now offering it to their patients. It has proven ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , CBD Benefits , Benefits Of Medical Marijuanas
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Spinal Cord Team | December 13, 2019

How Medical Cannabis & CBD Can Help People with Spinal Cord Injuries

Cannabis, also known as marijuana, has seen a resurgence regarding its medicinal properties. For people with spinal cord injuries, they have been ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Disabled People , Human Sexuality , Take A Look At This Heart
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Spinal Cord Team | December 12, 2019

Disability & Sexuality Take Center Stage in the Documentary, ‘Take a Look at This Heart’

The world seems to be curious about the sexual lives of people with spinal cord injuries. Ask anyone with a spinal cord injury or any other ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Scoliosis Symptoms , Scoliosis Causes , Scoliosis Treatment
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Spinal Cord Team | December 05, 2019

Spinal Cord Injury & Scoliosis 101

Thanks to school screening as children, we are all aware of the dangers of the curvature of the spine, also known as scoliosis. After a spinal cord ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Spinal Cord Injuries , Complications , Autonomic Dysreflexia
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Spinal Cord Team | December 03, 2019

Preventing Secondary Complications of SCI

A spinal cord injury can be devastating enough but there are a whole host of secondary complications that can occur because of being paralyzed. Some ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Spinal Cord Injuries , Insomnia Symptoms , How To Sleep Better
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Spinal Cord Team | November 30, 2019

New Study Verifies Insomnia a Serious Issue Post-SCI

If you have a spinal cord injury and you have trouble sleeping, you are not alone. A new study from the Cumming School of Medicine at the University ...

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Topics: Roadside Assistance Plans , Wheelchair Accessible , Wheelchair Vans , Roadside Assistance
Spinal Cord Team
Spinal Cord Team | November 29, 2019

The Best Mobility Roadside Assistance Services for Wheelchair Vans

When you have a wheelchair van, breakdowns are never as easy as a regular vehicle. Typically, when a vehicle breaks down on the road you call ...

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Topics: Education , Car Accidents , Driving
Kevin Mullin
Kevin Mullin | November 26, 2019

Getting Behind the Wheel Again with Mobility Vehicle Education

On Tuesday, September 17th, Rich Kneeland from Ocean Conversions & Mobility left the Center for Neuro Recovery after a mobility equipment service ...

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Topics: Injury Support & Groups , Survivor Stories & Inspiration , Recovery & Rehabilitation
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | November 26, 2019

Kevin Mullin Joins the Spinal Cord.com Team as an SCI Specialist

We’re happy to announce that Kevin Mullin will be an expert contributor to spinalcord.com! We are very excited to have regular access to his ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Shepherd Center , Guillain Barre Syndrome , Rehabilitation Center
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Spinal Cord Team | November 20, 2019

How Shepherd Cares for Guillain Barré Syndrome

While many people are familiar with spinal cord injuries and strokes, there is one neurological condition that many people are not as familiar with ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Most Dangerous Sports , Teaching , Sports Equipment , Pediatrics
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Spinal Cord Team | November 19, 2019

SCI Can Happen to Anyone: Prevention of Pediatric Paralysis

One of the most difficult spinal cord injuries to see happen to anyone is a child. While adults are most injured, children are just as susceptible ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Paralysis , Spinal Cord Injuries , Sports Injuries , Most Dangerous Sports
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Spinal Cord Team | November 15, 2019

SCI Can Happen to Anyone: The Most Dangerous Sports to Cause Spinal Cord Injuries

Sports inherently can be a dangerous activity simply because of the moves that are required. There are however sports that are more dangerous than ...

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Topics: Brain Injuries , Shepherd Center , Brain Injury Rehabilitation , Brain Injury , Brain Damage
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Spinal Cord Team | November 12, 2019

The Many Facets of Shepherd's Brain Injury Program

The Shepherd Center may have been founded because of one family's personal experience with spinal cord injury, but it has grown to treat all types of ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Assistive Technology , Assistive Devices , Assistive Technology Devices , icd nyc
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Spinal Cord Team | November 09, 2019

Assistive Technology Open House - ICD's Spinal Cord Injury Program

Welcome to ICD's Assistive Technology Initiative! The Institute for Career Development (ICD) has been providing leading-edge workforce development ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Shepherd Center , Physical Therapy Equipment
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Spinal Cord Team | November 08, 2019

'Beyond Therapy' Activity-Based Program at Shepherd

After a spinal cord injury, it's standard to receive traditional physical therapy that teaches you how to be as independent as possible. The status ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Spinal Cord Injuries , Famous Celebrities , Famous People In Wheelchairs
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Spinal Cord Team | November 06, 2019

SCI Can Happen to Anyone: When Celebrities Become Paralyzed

Spinal cord injuries happen to nearly 12,500 new people in the United States each year. They can also happen to celebrities. Even though it is not as ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Road Accident , Spinal Cord Injuries , Car Accidents
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Spinal Cord Team | November 04, 2019

SCI Can Happen To Anyone: When Two Injuries Happen Together

There is a phenomenon that not many people have heard of but occurs more often than people realize, and that is when more than one person sustains a ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Boundless Journeys , Wheelchair Bound
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Spinal Cord Team | October 31, 2019

Madeline Delp: Living Boundlessly

If you ever see Madeline Delp out and about, chances are she will grab your attention. Strikingly beautiful on the outside and a wheelchair-user, ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Brain Injuries , Assistive Technology , Shepherd Center
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Spinal Cord Team | October 26, 2019

Get to Know Shepherd's World-Renowned SCI Research Institute

There are many things the Shepherd Center is known for – great SCI rehabilitation, quality adaptive sports programs - but one thing you may not know ...

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Spinal Cord Team | October 22, 2019

How Spinal Cord Injury Can Happen to Anyone

No matter how careful you are, the world is an inherently dangerous place. From other people's actions caused you harm to gravity getting in the way, ...

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Spinal Cord Team | October 15, 2019

Top 5 Wheelchair-Friendly Cities in Florida

Thanks to the flat landscape of Florida, there is almost no region in Florida that isn’t friendly to wheelchair-users. There are however some cities ...

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Spinal Cord Team | October 10, 2019

6 Must-Ride Handcycling Trails in Florida

Handcycling is one of the most popular sports among people with spinal cord injuries. In the state of Florida where we have beautiful weather all ...

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Topics: Injury Support & Groups , Technology & Advancements , Miscellaneous
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Spinal Cord Team | October 03, 2019

Shepherd Center's Outpatient Programs

There are a variety of complications and conditions that can occur as a result of a spinal cord injury -  pressure sores, respiratory complications ...

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Spinal Cord Team | October 01, 2019

4 Adaptive Driving Schools in Florida

Nothing beats the freedom of driving on the open road, and this means so much more after a spinal cord injury. With limited mobility, the freedom ...

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Spinal Cord Team | September 27, 2019

Conquer Paralysis Now - A Global Project of the Sam Schmidt Foundation

What We Do Conquer Paralysis Now (CPN) is a leading authority on spinal cord injury (SCI) research and treatment. We are backed by an international ...

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Topics: Technology & Advancements , Miscellaneous
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Spinal Cord Team | September 26, 2019

Explore Shepherd Center's Top-Rated Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program

Since the Shepherd Center's root's began with the Shepherd family own personal tragedy, it has become one of the top 10 rehabilitation nonprofit ...

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Spinal Cord Team | September 24, 2019

5 Accessible Community Colleges in Florida

Achieving your education goals is not impossible after a spinal cord injury. Many people in Florida find tremendous educational success at community ...

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Spinal Cord Team | September 20, 2019

Florida's Independent Living Centers: Why You Should Connect with One

If you ever feel like your support system is lacking and you have a spinal cord injury, there is a widespread organization that is completely free of ...

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Spinal Cord Team | September 19, 2019

Top Five Accessible State Parks in Florida

Since the Florida state park system was created in 1935, there are now 175 state parks across the state, as well as nine state trails that sprawl ...

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Spinal Cord Team | September 18, 2019

Accessible Cab Options in Florida

Trying to find an accessible cab anywhere in the US that can transport a powerchair is never an easy task. With them being sparse, even the largest ...

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Topics: Injury Support & Groups , Miscellaneous
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Spinal Cord Team | September 18, 2019

This Thursday September 19, 2019 Join the Spinal Cord Injury Support Group in Broward County Florida for a "Miami Vice" Themed Gala

  Please join us in celebration for the 1st Annual Spinal Cord Injury Support Group Fundraising Gala Thursday September 19, 2019.   The event starts ...

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Spinal Cord Team | September 17, 2019

Are Spinal Cord Stimulators Worth the Bad Side-Effects?

Since they’ve become available in the US market 10 years ago, spinal cord simulators have been touted as the ‘solution’ to chronic pain for millions ...

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Spinal Cord Team | September 14, 2019

How to Find Accessible Housing in Florida

No matter where you live in the country, it is never easy finding accessible housing. In Florida, the search can be just as hard, but with patience, ...

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Spinal Cord Team | September 02, 2019

Driver's Training with a Spinal Cord Injury: Top Training Programs in Florida

Independence is one of the biggest goals for anyone following a spinal cord injury. Many people struggle with a loss of independence, but one of the ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Miscellaneous
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Spinal Cord Team | August 30, 2019

Get to Know Florida Health's Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program

Sustaining a spinal cord injury or a brain injury can be a life-changing event and returning home can be one of the hardest parts. Since not everyone ...

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Spinal Cord Team | August 28, 2019

5 Portable Ramps to Help You Go Anywhere You Want

One of the most frustrating aspects of a spinal cord injury is not being able to enter friends and family member’s homes like before. Infrastructure ...

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Spinal Cord Team | August 26, 2019

5 Antibacterial Supplements for People with SCI

Fighting off bacteria is a natural part of life for every human being on the planet. For people with spinal cord injuries, they need to be extra ...

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Spinal Cord Team | August 22, 2019

SCI Open House Event at the Institute for Career Development

Living independently with a spinal cord injury can be difficult. You’re learning to deal with enormous changes in your body and your abilities. For ...

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Spinal Cord Team | August 21, 2019

NextStep Orlando 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY GALA EVENT Part 3

NextStep Orlando’s 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY GALA Event is just around the corner. Have you had a chance to book your ticket to this event on Saturday, ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Miscellaneous
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Spinal Cord Team | August 19, 2019

Get to Know the Florida Spinal Cord Injury Resource Center

In the state of Florida, there are amazing medical resources available for people with spinal cord injuries. One of the best in the southwest area of ...

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Spinal Cord Team | August 15, 2019

5 Service Animal Organizations for People with SCI

Service animals are one of the saving graces of having a spinal cord injury. For many, a service dog is their best friend, their favorite caregiver. ...

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Amanda Perla
Amanda Perla | August 13, 2019

NextStep Orlando 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY GALA EVENT Part 2

As we get closer to our 10-Year Anniversary Gala Event, let’s look back on why NextStep Orlando started. NextStep Orlando’s Founder, Liza, talks ...

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Spinal Cord Team | August 07, 2019

Arachnoiditis: What You Need to Know

While most people are familiar with chronic pain from a spinal cord injury, there is another chronic pain condition that can be just as difficult to ...

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Amanda Perla
Amanda Perla | August 06, 2019

NextStep Orlando 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY GALA EVENT

On Saturday, August 24, 2019 we will be hosting a Gala Event to celebrate our 10-year Anniversary at the Heathrow Legacy Club. We are excited that ...

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Spinal Cord Team | July 29, 2019

10 Ways to Walk Your Dog with Limited Hand Dexterity

Walking your dog is one of the greatest joys in life, but after a spinal cord injury, it can be difficult for many to take their dog for a walk. It ...

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Spinal Cord Team | July 26, 2019

YOU MAY QUALIFY FOR A FREE SMART SPEAKER, FIND OUT HOW TODAY.

Help is here for many living with paralysis and it is free. Living with paralysis can be an overwhelming challenge for the millions of people who ...

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Spinal Cord Team | July 25, 2019

Kevin Mullin on SCI Strength and Recovery to Improve Functionalities

Kevin Mullin was injured at the young age of 24. Despite all the challenges he encountered with his injury, he opted to study SCI Strength and ...

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Spinal Cord Team | July 24, 2019

7 Pros of Managing Your Bladder with a Suprapubic Catheter

There are a handful of recommended ways to manage a bladder after a spinal cord injury. When you become paralyzed, doctors will usually insert a ...

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Spinal Cord Team | July 22, 2019

10 Ways to Stay Active When You Can't Work

It's human nature to want to feel useful, but after a spinal cord injury, this can be a difficult thing. While some have the financial freedom to ...

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Spinal Cord Team | July 18, 2019

10 Tips for Managing Nerve Pain

While the general population assumes that people with spinal cord injuries cannot feel anything below their level of injury, the truth is that many ...

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Spinal Cord Team | July 15, 2019

Top 10 SCI National Events

Each year there are hundreds of events in the United States for people with spinal cord injuries. These events range from fundraising and advocacy ...

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Spinal Cord Team | July 02, 2019

10 Ways to Regain Your Confidence After a Spinal Cord Injury

Becoming paralyzed can be a blow to self-esteem. All the therapy and anti-depressants in the world can't instantly make you stop caring about how ...

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Spinal Cord Team | June 27, 2019

8 Tips to Make Transfers Easier

The key to independence is learning how to transfer without any help. For many people, however, this can be but the most difficult part of their ...

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Spinal Cord Team | June 25, 2019

10 Tricks to Improve Your Bowel Program

A spinal cord injury may take away the ability to walk, but it also takes away the ability to have a bowel movement normally. Many people say this is ...

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Brandon Winfield
Brandon Winfield | June 24, 2019

iAccess – Revolutionizing Accessibility

We’ve all been there right? You are out with your friends, enjoying a Friday night at a cool new spot in town. You need to go to the bathroom and you ...

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Spinal Cord Team | June 21, 2019

A Face of Gullain Barré Syndrome: Christina

My name is Christina Thielst; a girl from Louisiana now living in Santa Barbara, CA.  I’m surviving Guillain Barre Syndrome; recently diagnosed with ...

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Spinal Cord Team | June 20, 2019

10 Best Accessible Beaches in the USA

Accessible beaches are exploding across the US. In the last few years, there has been a push for accessible beaches thanks to the invention of beach ...

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Spinal Cord Team | June 19, 2019

Why You Shouldn’t Discount Sex After a Spinal Cord Injury

A spinal cord injury (SCI) is a life-altering event for both the SCI survivor and their loved ones. There are a lot of adjustments that need to be ...

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Spinal Cord Team | June 18, 2019

New Voice Control on Mac: An Overview

For anyone living with high-level quadriplegia, the ability to control their phone and computer with their voice is a must. Up until this year, ...

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Spinal Cord Team | June 13, 2019

5 Reasons to Try Adaptive CrossFit

5. Adaptive Training (for Coaches) is Available 4. Movements Make Daily Activities Easier The things we practice in class are the things our athletes ...

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Spinal Cord Team | June 11, 2019

10 Ways to Stay Cool with a SCI

One of the most dangerous things about daily life with a spinal cord injury is the inability to no longer relegated one's body temperature. For ...

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Spinal Cord Team | June 06, 2019

Top 4 Hands-Free Toothbrushes for Quadriplegics

Toothbrushes have come a long way in recent years. While the electric toothbrush was invented for a high-level quadriplegics in the 1970s, and then ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Miscellaneous
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Spinal Cord Team | June 04, 2019

Ashley Hughes: Quadriplegic Jewelry Maker for SCI Awareness

Making jewelry is all the rage these days, but Ashley Hughes has something unique about her as s beader that no one else can match - she creates ...

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Spinal Cord Team | May 30, 2019

Adaptive Devices to Help You Swim Again

After a spinal cord injury, swimming again can be scary. When you do not have the same control over your body that you used to, one of the last ...

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Spinal Cord Team | May 28, 2019

UTIs and Becoming Septic How to Avoid This Deadly Combination

Despite all the medical advancements of the 21st century, there are still medical dangers to people living with spinal cord injuries. One of the ...

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Spinal Cord Team | May 23, 2019

Tips for Using a Standing Frame After a Spinal Cord Injury

As it often goes with spinal cord injuries - things are never the same as before your injury, and this is especially true when standing again in a ...

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Spinal Cord Team | May 21, 2019

Preparing, and Protecting, Your Wheelchair for Air Travel

Flying with a wheelchair, unfortunately, has a bad reputation. Wheelchair-user after wheelchair-user has reported their wheelchair being broken, but ...

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Spinal Cord Team | May 16, 2019

Two Unique Bladder Options for People with Spinal Cord Injuries

One of the most difficult things about living with a spinal cord injury is by far a neurogenic bladder. A spinal cord injury may make it difficult to ...

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Spinal Cord Team | May 13, 2019

How To Forgive After A Spinal Cord Injury

For many people who are paralyzed, they’re only there because of the actions of someone else. Whether it’s because of a drunk driver, a thoughtless ...

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Spinal Cord Team | May 08, 2019

Erasing Unnecessary Guilt After a Spinal Cord Injury

You’re Not Alone: Guilt After a Spinal Cord Injury So much attention is given to the physical effects of a spinal cord injury that the mental side ...

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Spinal Cord Team | May 06, 2019

Multiple Sclerosis is Diagnosis Leads to Successful Mouth Art Career for Florida Woman

Multiple Sclerosis is indiscriminate. Anyone can be diagnosed. And when Sara May, a 52-year-old from Tampa, Florida, was diagnosed in 2005, she was ...

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Topics: Advice & Tips , Accessibility & Adaptations
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Spinal Cord Team | April 29, 2019

What You Need to Know About Motorized Wheelchair Maintenance

So much thought is given to preparing wheelchairs for Winter that Springtime preparedness is forgotten, but just like getting a bike ready for ...

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Spinal Cord Team | April 25, 2019

Insomnia & SCI: 5 Ways to Beat it

People with spinal cord injuries have been reporting trouble with sleeping for years. It was until recently that evidence finally became available to ...

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Spinal Cord Team | April 23, 2019

How to STILL Have Fun After a Spinal Cord Injury

Thanks to advancements in technology, people with spinal cord injuries are able to have more fun than ever before. For people with higher level ...

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Topics: Technology & Advancements , Research
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Spinal Cord Team | April 18, 2019

Nerve Regeneration Treatment Discovered in Physically Active Rats

For those who are physically active before a spinal cord injury, there is now evidence that an active lifestyle prior to an injury can help enhance ...

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Topics: Advice & Tips , Education
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Spinal Cord Team | April 16, 2019

Helping Kids with Disabilities Make Friends at School

Going to school and making friends when you’re a kid may be one of the biggest social challenges of our entire human lives. Add in having an obvious ...

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Spinal Cord Team | April 10, 2019

How to Ensure a Successful Bowel Program After a Spinal Cord Injury

Welcome to your favorite topic – your bowel program. Having a bowel movement after a spinal cord injury can be frustratingly difficult. Paralysis ...

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Topics: Survivor Stories & Inspiration , Miscellaneous
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Spinal Cord Team | April 08, 2019

Meet Alex Brown, the Boy with Paralysis Who Inspired "Rise Again"

It's not every day you meet a family like the Brown family. Ten years ago they were your normal family going about their everyday lives, with ...

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Spinal Cord Team | April 02, 2019

How to Integrate Kids with Disabilities into Music Class

Music classes are often one of the most favorite classes among kids, but they don't always include kids with disabilities. They’re often left out in ...

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Topics: Technology & Advancements , Research
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Spinal Cord Team | April 01, 2019

How Wearable Robotics Help Motor Functionality

Wearable robotics are slowly becoming a part of everyday life for people with certain types of physical injuries. For someone with an amputated hand ...

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Spinal Cord Team | March 28, 2019

Helping Kids with Disabilities Enjoy Mainstream Gym Class

Thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act passed in 1992, kids with disabilities have the right to be included in mainstream classes, and that ...

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Spinal Cord Team | March 27, 2019

When Every Second Counts: What Happens to the Brain After a Lack of Oxygen

When most people think about brain injuries, they think of some form of blunt force trauma — but impact trauma is not the only potential cause of a ...

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Spinal Cord Team
Spinal Cord Team | March 26, 2019

Making Art Accessible with Tablets & Apps

Technology helps humans with disabilities in every way it seems, and it’s also helping make the process of creating art more accessible to kids with ...

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Spinal Cord Team
Spinal Cord Team | March 25, 2019

What to Know about a C4 Spinal Cord Injury

There is a lot to learn and know about any type of spinal cord injury (SCI) — everything from the effects of a spinal cord injury to a survivor’s ...

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Spinal Cord Team
Spinal Cord Team | March 20, 2019

Dr. Phil Attempts to Help Quadriplegic and His Relationship

Dr. Phil has been a beacon of advice for the American public ever since Oprah introduced him on her show over 15 years ago. He gives advice on nearly ...

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Topics: Survivor Stories & Inspiration , News , Paralysis
Spinal Cord Team
Spinal Cord Team | March 19, 2019

Netflix Debuts New Movie of Paralyzed Rodeo Star

Coming back from a paralyzing accident is never easy, but Amberley Snyder's comeback story as a barrel racer is particularly awesome, which is why ...

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Spinal Cord Team
Spinal Cord Team | March 13, 2019

Craig Hospital’s World Renowned Ventilator-Weaning Program

One of the most difficult side-effects of a high-cervical spinal cord injury is losing the ability to breathe and requiring the use of a ventilator. ...

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Spinal Cord Team
Spinal Cord Team | March 12, 2019

The Swim with Mike Program Has Been Helping People for Decades

It's not very often you hear about a nonprofit that gives away full scholarships by the dozen, but there's one out there just for people with ...

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Spinal Cord Team
Spinal Cord Team | March 11, 2019

Is There a Link Between Seizures and Traumatic Brain Injury

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the most significant injuries a person can sustain. The resulting trauma can lead to a variety of symptoms ...

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Spinal Cord Team | March 06, 2019

Essential Oils to Help 5 SCI Ailments

The Egyptians may have been one of the first societies to harness the power of essential oils, but they are more popular than ever before in modern ...

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Spinal Cord Team | March 05, 2019

Japan Approves Controversial SCI Stem Cell Human Trial

How long is too long to wait? When it comes to spinal cord injury stem cell research, it seems like there is no time limit. This may be part of the ...

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Spinal Cord Team | March 04, 2019

The Effects of a C6 Spinal Cord Injury on the Respiratory System

Many bodily functions can be impacted by a spinal cord injury (SCI) depending on the level and severity of the damage. As a general rule of thumb, ...

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Laurie Robinson
Laurie Robinson | February 28, 2019

The Inspiring Story of PimpMyChair

My son Jake was always an athlete. He played basketball, football, rugby, baseball, volleyball with ease. He snowboarded and rode dirt bikes as well ...

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Spinal Cord Team
Spinal Cord Team | February 28, 2019

Wheelchair Charging Stations Need to Be Rolled Out Nationwide

Teslas aren't the only vehicle that need charging stations. Power wheelchairs have been around since the 1970s, and only since 2015 have public ...

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Spinal Cord Team | February 27, 2019

What to Say When Strangers Make Jokes About Your Wheelchair

There is one universal thing all wheelchair-users experience, and that is dealing with the public and their wack-a-doodle comments. They can come out ...

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Spinal Cord Team | February 25, 2019

What Is a Spinal Laminectomy and How Does It Work?

Surgery after a spinal cord injury (SCI) is a common occurrence. Spinal cord surgery is often required to help remove bone fragments or other ...

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Spinal Cord Team | February 21, 2019

New Study at FSU Sheds Light on Long-Term Paralysis Damage

One area of spinal cord injury research scientists have been targeting in force for a while now is myelin. Myelin axons act as insulation around the ...

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Spinal Cord Team | February 20, 2019

Mattel is Launching its First Wheelchair Barbie in 22 Years

Barbie has long been criticized for not portraying realistic women. From perfect blonde haired women with no racial diversity to finally debuting a ...

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Spinal Cord Team | February 18, 2019

What You Need to Know About Spinal Cord Tumors

Brain and spinal cord tumors are not as separate as some people may think. These abnormal masses of tissue in or around the spinal cord or brain ...

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Spinal Cord Team | February 14, 2019

4 Ways to Overcome a Caregiver Shortage

It seems all over social media people with spinal cord injuries are struggling to find caregivers. In many parts of the country, there are simply too ...

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Spinal Cord Team | February 12, 2019

Epidural Stimulation Study Sees Amazing Results for Paralyzed People

It's hard not to get excited about epidural stimulation with all the positive research results being released from dozens of labs worldwide, and a ...

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Spinal Cord Team | February 11, 2019

SCI Patients Can Now Experience Rehab VR at Home

A revolution is happening in the spinal cord injury rehabilitation world and technology is playing a big part in this change. This change is virtual ...

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Spinal Cord Team
Spinal Cord Team | February 07, 2019

Road-Trip Anyone? Winnebago's New Line of Accessible RVs

A perfectly accessible motorhome that’s available right off a lot with every accessible feature you need has been a dream of wheelchair-users since ...

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Spinal Cord Team | February 06, 2019

What is Paraplegia and What Does It Mean for You?

Traumatic spinal cord injuries (SCIs) can result in a variety of symptoms for survivors. Every injury is unique, and each person’s body responds ...

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Spinal Cord Team | February 05, 2019

Should Hollywood Purposely Seek Out Actors with Disabilities?

There has been a lot of online fighting as of late about disability representation in the media, with The Upside, a new movie starring Bryan Cranston ...

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Spinal Cord Team | February 04, 2019

Do Spinal Cord Injuries Cause Circadian Rhythm Disturbances

A spinal cord injury (SCI) is a life-altering injury that throws many of the body’s physiological systems into chaos. Sensory and motor functions are ...

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Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | January 30, 2019

New Exercise Guidelines Released for Spinal Cord Injury Survivors

You are told many things once you become paralyzed about how to stay in shape, and these instructions usually include loose guidelines on how you ...

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Carley Dole
Carley Dole | January 29, 2019

The Differences in Diagnosis of Traumatic Brain Injury

There is much debate around what makes a brain injury a brain injury and a concussion a concussion because of the similarities in symptoms, ...

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Spinal Cord Team | January 28, 2019

Spinal Cord Injury Support for Loved Ones

A spinal cord injury (SCI) can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, and other factors. A spinal cord injury survivor can be anyone — your child, ...

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Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | January 17, 2019

Meet Four Paralyzed Speed Demons Who Can’t Stop Doing What They Love

In the world of racing, whether it's sports cars, INDYCAR, or motorcycles, it seems there is one thing that everyone who loves the sport has in ...

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Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | January 16, 2019

An Overview of Chondroitinase to Treat Paralysis

There are a lot of avenues researchers are looking at when it comes to spinal cord injury research. You have more traditional research areas like ...

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Spinal Cord Team | January 15, 2019

A Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery Story to Provide Hope

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), among the most serious injuries you can sustain, are almost always caused by accidents. Brett, an avid bicyclist, ...

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Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | January 14, 2019

Maintaining Your Safety & Independence with Caregivers

Relying on caregivers may be one of the most frustrating aspects of living with paralysis. It puts you in a vulnerable position, which in turn leaves ...

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Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | January 10, 2019

How to Get Fairly Priced Accessible Concert Tickets

When the ADA was passed in 1992, a lot of things improved for people who use wheelchairs in the US. Millions of ramps were installed, accessible ...

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Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | January 09, 2019

Will Uber's Latest Expansion of Their Accessibility Fleet Work?

Since 2010, Uber has been providing its now famous ridesharing service to people all over the world. But as us wheelchair-users know, they have been ...

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Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | January 08, 2019

Fake Service Animals Becoming Targeted By More Laws

Service animals have been a godsend to people with spinal cord injuries for decades. With services like Helping Paws, Can-Do-Canines and other ...

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Spinal Cord Team | January 07, 2019

What is Paralysis and How Does It Affect You?

Paralysis is a genuine and significant factor for any spinal cord injury (SCI) survivor and their families. Paralysis can affect one or more areas of ...

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Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | January 01, 2019

Seeing Yourself as Disabled After an SCI

One of the strangest things that occur after a spinal cord injury is the way you view yourself and how it changes. Before a spinal cord injury, we ...

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Spinal Cord Team | December 31, 2018

Spinal Cord Stimulator Problems That You Need to Know About

Although there are many pain management treatments available for chronic pain, spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is among the most commonly used method ...

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Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | December 27, 2018

5 Must-Try Adaptive Surfing Programs

It's hard to say exactly when adaptive surfing officially became a sport. It officially was recognized when the ISA World Adaptive Surfing ...

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Spinal Cord Team | December 26, 2018

Are Traumatic Brain Injuries and Spinal Cord Injuries Preventable?

Although this is not what most people want to hear, spinal cord injuries (SCIs) and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can affect anyone regardless of ...

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Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | December 21, 2018

Will a New Aviation Bill Help Prevent Wheelchair Damages?

Ever since wheelchair-users have been flying on airplanes, one thing has been happening consistently (other than people having to crawl over us in ...

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Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | December 20, 2018

Overcoming the Challenges of Bank Signature Requirements

Before the advent of smartphones, people with acute spinal cord injuries who were in the hospital had much fewer options when it came to banking and ...

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Kelly Twichel
Kelly Twichel | December 19, 2018

Access Trax and Their Vision to Make the Outdoors More Accessible

The story of San Diego-based company Access Trax begins back in 2016 when two Occupational Therapy students from the University St. Augustine for ...

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Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | December 18, 2018

Having Trouble Sleeping? New Study Says Paralysis Might Be to Blame

For many people with spinal cord injuries, sleep remains ever elusive. Ask a room full of people with spinal cord injuries how good their usual sleep ...

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Spinal Cord Team | December 13, 2018

Will Breathing Improve During Spinal Cord Injury Recovery

One of the biggest impediments to spinal cord injury recovery is the way the injury can impact respiratory function. The level of damage (whether the ...

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Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | December 12, 2018

Festive Adaptive Clothing Ideas for the Holidays

Just because you use a wheelchair doesn't mean you can't have fun with your clothes and decorations during the holiday season. In fact, some may say ...

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Spinal Cord Team | December 11, 2018

Why Gene Signature Is Important to Spinal Cord Injury Outcomes

Although there is no “cure” for spinal cord injuries (SCIs), researchers continuously seek out new ways to create one through SCI research. Some of ...

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Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | December 06, 2018

5 Things They Don't Teach in Rehab (But Should)

Figuring out life isn’t easy. Figuring out life after a spinal cord injury is even harder. It can differ greatly what you are taught depending on ...

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Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | December 05, 2018

SCI & Budgeting: Unexpected Ways to Save on Holiday Presents

The holiday season for many people means a time of giving. Buying gifts for the ones you love is incredibly rewarding, especially for those who help ...

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Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | December 04, 2018

BrainGate Makes Mind Reading Possible for Paralyzed Individuals

Fans of sci-fi have long dreamed of a computer that can read our thoughts, and people with spinal cord injuries have been wanting it even more so. ...

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Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | November 29, 2018

SCI & Sex: How to Explain Your Body to a New Partner

Many people still want an active sex life after a spinal cord injury. While, yes it’s true that some people are no longer interested in “normal sex” ...

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Spinal Cord Team | November 28, 2018

How Electrical Stimulation Helps Spinal Cord Injury Recovery

Electrical stimulation is again making news for helping people with spinal cord injuries (SCIs) make progress in their spinal cord injury recovery. ...

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Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | November 27, 2018

Getting Your Accessible Vehicle Ready for Frigid Temps

With winter weather already showing its ugly face in many states across the country, the time is now to get your accessible vehicle ready to handle ...

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Spinal Cord Team | November 26, 2018

3 Top Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury Causes

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are among the most diverse injuries a person can sustain. Ranging from mild to severe, TBIs can have a significant ...

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Spinal Cord Team | November 20, 2018

Effect of a Cervical Spinal Cord Injury On the Respiratory System

A cervical spinal cord injury (SCI) is the most severe type of injury to affect the spinal cord. In addition to an increased risk of death, a ...

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Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | November 19, 2018

The Art of Taking the Perfect Selfie from a Wheelchair

Everybody has a phone in their pocket nowadays, which means they have a camera as well. The tidal wave of selfies taken every day is truly ...

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Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | November 15, 2018

The Power of SCI Peer Support and Finding a Great Group Near You

It's human nature to want to be around people like you, which is one of the cornerstones of why peer support works. When you suddenly become disabled ...

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Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | November 13, 2018

How to Sign Up for an Epidural Stimulation Trial

The possibility of one day curing spinal cord injuries is much brighter thanks to the discovery of epidural stimulation. Discovered by Dr. Susan ...

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Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | November 08, 2018

Saving for Holiday Shopping with an SCI

Many of us with spinal cord injuries, unfortunately, are on limited incomes, whether it's from being on SSI or some other kind of monthly assistance. ...

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Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | November 06, 2018

5 Examples of Disability Accurately Represented in Science Fiction

Very rarely is disability accurately portrayed by the media. In most mainstream movies and TV shows, the characters with disabilities are weak, but ...

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Steven Corn
Steven Corn | November 05, 2018

Independent Patient Advocacy and Brain Trauma

The healthcare system (or as I like to refer to it as the “healthSCARE system”) is one of the few industries whose major problems have not been ...

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Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | November 01, 2018

Traveling on a Budget with a Spinal Cord Injury

Just because you have a spinal cord injury does not mean you need to spend an exorbitant amount of money every time you travel. There are always ...

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Spinal Cord Team | October 31, 2018

Is a Deep Tissue Massage Good for Spinal Injury Patients?

For spinal cord injury (SCI) patients living with pain, discomfort, and muscle spasms or atrophy, it is understandable that they would want to find ...

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Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | October 30, 2018

Tecla Hands-free Technology a Must Have for Quadriplegics

Using the phone is a task most people don't think about, but for a quadriplegic, this can be daunting, especially if it's a smartphone. With so many ...

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Spinal Cord Team | October 29, 2018

Can You Pursue Legal Action After a Slip And Fall Injury?

Slip and fall injuries are among the leading causes of spinal cord injuries (SCIs) — accounting for more than 31% of all SCIs, according to the ...

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Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | October 25, 2018

Saving on a Limited Income with an SCI

Everybody wants to save money no matter their situation, and people with spinal cord injuries are the same as everyone else. The only problem - many ...

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Spinal Cord Team | October 24, 2018

All You Need to Know about Indego Therapy for Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation

Although it may look like something from the future or a prop from a science fiction movie, an Indego® Therapy robotic exoskeleton is a very real, ...

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Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | October 23, 2018

Planning Your Finances with a Spinal Cord Injury

We’ve discussed the costs of living with a spinal cord injury before, and they’re significant. From over $100,000 per year for health care costs to ...

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Spinal Cord Team | October 22, 2018

What is the Process for a Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit?

Note: The purpose of this article is to provide some general information about what to expect when preparing and pursuing a spinal cord injury ...

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Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | October 19, 2018

Professional Stylist Still Making Others Beautiful Post-Quadriplegia

The world is a beautiful place even in the hardest of times if you look closely enough. Heidi Herkes, a C6 quadriplegic from London, UK, is an expert ...

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Carley Dole
Carley Dole | October 18, 2018

Traumatic Brain Injury: 5 Emotional & Mental Stages to Recovery

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) survivors not only go through physical changes but also mental and emotional changes throughout their recovery. Although ...

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Spinal Cord Team | October 17, 2018

3 Ways Helper Monkeys Are Helping Spinal Cord Injury Patients

Service animals have been gaining in popularity and making headlines in recent years. In the world of spinal cord injuries, service animals provide ...

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Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | October 16, 2018

Getting Gas When Driving with a Disability: The Law & Full Service

The average driver doesn't think that much about getting gas. They can just jump out of their car and get it over with, but for over 15 million ...

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Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | October 12, 2018

Natural Supplements to Treat Common SCI Ailments

Natural supplements used to be fringe medicine or hippie medicine. But not anymore. They’ve exploded in popularity in the mainstream medical world in ...

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Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | October 11, 2018

The AbleChair: A Wheelchair That Helps You Get to the Ground

When it comes to the world of wheelchairs, they just keep getting better and better. From voice-activated wheelchairs to wheelchairs that can climb ...

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Spinal Cord Team | October 10, 2018

What You Need to Know about 3D Printed Devices for Spinal Cord Injuries

Technology has made incredible advances in recent years with the use of bionic limbs for amputees, epidural stimulation for people with spinal cord ...

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Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | October 09, 2018

The Right Time to Disclose a Disability in Online Dating

Online dating has a lot of ethical questions that can come up when it comes to disclosing important life details. When you have a spinal cord injury, ...

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Spinal Cord Team | October 08, 2018

Is Blood Pressure an Important Factor in Spinal Cord Injury Recovery?

There are a variety of factors that come into play when it comes to spinal cord injury recovery — everything from early medical intervention and ...

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Spinal Cord Team | October 05, 2018

Spinal Cord Injury Stories: How 2 Survivors Focus Their Lives

Recently, SpinalCord.com published the first in a new series of blog posts on spinal cord injury survivors who share their stories and insights about ...

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Spinal Cord Team | October 04, 2018

Spinal Cord Injury Stories: Survivors Share Their Insights

At SpinalCord.com, we understand that spinal cord injuries (SCIs) are traumatic for patients and their families. These life-altering injuries cause ...

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Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | October 03, 2018

How to Live into Your Golden Years with an SCI

There has been a lot of talk about Walt Lawrence from Vancouver, Canada, the longest living quadriplegic on a ventilator. He just hit the 50 year ...

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Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | October 02, 2018

Dealing with Regret After a Spinal Cord Injury

We all have regrets in life, but the kind of regret that comes with sustaining a spinal cord injury is like nothing else. It can haunt you, making ...

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Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | September 28, 2018

Improved Cardiovascular Function After SCI Epidural Stimulation

Many people would rather be able to regulate their blood pressure on their own again more than anything else after a spinal cord injury, although ...

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Spinal Cord Team | September 27, 2018

The Stages of Cervical Spinal Cord Injury You Need to Know About

Johns Hopkins Medicine reports that the most commonly affected regions of the spine that are affected by spinal cord injuries (SCI) are the cervical ...

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Spinal Cord Team | September 26, 2018

Make Your Voice Heard, Register to Vote!

Election Day in the United States of America is just around the corner and is set to take place across the nation on November 6, 2018. SpinalCord.com ...

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Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | September 26, 2018

The Miami Project's Schwann Cell Human Clinical Trial is Underway

Anyone who is eagerly awaiting a cure for spinal cord injury always gets excited when they hear these three magical words - human clinical trial - ...

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Spinal Cord Team | September 25, 2018

What Are the Most Common Types of Spinal Cord Injuries?

When it comes to the types of spinal cord injuries (SCIs) that a person can sustain, there is a wide range of injuries and level of severity to ...

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Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | September 24, 2018

Christopher Reeve Foundation: Fundraising & How You Can Help

You hear a lot about fundraising in the spinal cord injury world. The fact is that the government and other entities simply don't give enough to our ...

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Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | September 20, 2018

Online Therapy: A Viable Option for People Living with Paralysis

From depression to anxiety, people with spinal cord injuries experience a wide variety of mental conditions when adjusting to life with paralysis. ...

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Tiffiny Carlson | September 18, 2018

Is Magnetic Stimulation the Cure of Bladder Paralysis?

People with spinal cord injuries have long been waiting for some kind of breakthrough in the spinal cord injury research world, and we haven't just ...

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Spinal Cord Team | September 17, 2018

Everything to Know about Epidural Stimulation for Spinal Cord Injury

Epidural Stimulation for spinal cord injury (SCI), also known as epidural electrical stimulation (EES) and epi-stim, is something that has been ...

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Spinal Cord Team | September 14, 2018

Spinal Cord Injury Month: Best Ways to Help Raise Awareness

Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) are among the most deadly that someone can sustain. The severity and location of the injury on the spinal cord determine ...

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Spinal Cord Team | September 13, 2018

Everything You Need to Know about Spinal Cord Injury Surgery

Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) are life-threatening forms of trauma that require different types of treatment depending on the level and severity of ...

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Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | September 12, 2018

Dana Reeve’s Quality of Life Grant Program

When the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation was formed shortly after Christopher Reeve's injury, their main focus was finding a cure for ...

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Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | September 11, 2018

Best Service Dogs of Instagram

Chances are, after your injury you were told about service dogs. Many people with new injuries, and sometimes old, "poo-poo" them, thinking they’re ...

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Spinal Cord Team | September 10, 2018

5 Famous People in Wheelchairs Who Will Inspire You

There are many famous people in wheelchairs living their lives each day with spinal cord injuries (SCIs). In fact, according to the National Spinal ...

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Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | September 06, 2018

Reeve Foundation's Peer Mentor Program

Recognizing myself as a full-time wheelchair user was one of the hardest things after my injury. The last thing I wanted to see was another ...

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Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | September 05, 2018

A Picture Perfect Engagement: A Wheelchair Dating Columnist Gets Engaged

Chances are you've seen Ali Ingersoll's work online. A regular writer for PushLiving.com, she has a fresh voice that the spinal cord injury community ...

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Spinal Cord Team | September 04, 2018

Why to Consider Bladder Surgery Types If You Have an SCI

Urinary incontinence and bladder function related issues are common issues among spinal cord injury (SCI) survivors in the United States and abroad. ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Injury Support & Groups , Resources , Traumatic Brain Injury
Spinal Cord Team
Spinal Cord Team | August 31, 2018

Wheelchairs 4 Kids Helps Children with Spinal Cord Injuries

As a parent, it can be challenging to provide for your family the things they need to learn, grown, and be successful. This challenge becomes more ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Research , Treatment
Spinal Cord Team
Spinal Cord Team | August 30, 2018

What You Need to Know About Spinal Cord Regeneration

Spinal cord regeneration is the goal of every spinal cord injury (SCI) survivor. The idea that your spinal cord, or the spinal cord of someone you ...

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Topics: Family & Relationships , Advice & Tips
Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | August 28, 2018

How to Explain Your Injury to a New Sexual Partner

Dating and then finding someone who becomes a life partner can be a wonderful life adventure. There is always a little bit of anxiety, however, the ...

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Topics: Legal , Financial , Medicaid
Spinal Cord Team
Spinal Cord Team | August 27, 2018

A Warning of What May Come Due to Medicaid Privatization

For the past several months, we have shared multiple articles that concern the Medicaid programs in different states — including one on what you ...

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Topics: Resources , Recovery & Rehabilitation , Advice & Tips
Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | August 22, 2018

How the Christopher Reeve Foundation Can Help

It's hard to encapsulate in just a few words everything that the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation offers to the spinal cord injury community, ...

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Topics: Survivor Stories & Inspiration , Traumatic Brain Injury , Miscellaneous
Spinal Cord Team
Spinal Cord Team | August 21, 2018

TBI Survivor Receives Swope, Rodante Scholarship for Community Engagement

Swope, Rodante P.A. is proud to announce that Carley Dole is the recipient of the firm’s July 2018 Scholarship for making a difference in her local ...

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Topics: Technology & Advancements , News , Research
Spinal Cord Team
Spinal Cord Team | August 20, 2018

Spinal Cord Injury Research Advances with New Stem Cells

At Spinal Cord, we’re excited to share that researchers at the University of California, San Diego successfully created spinal cord neural stem cells ...

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Topics: Family & Relationships , Advice & Tips
Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | August 18, 2018

Rafe Biggs: Quadriplegic Sexologist

After a spinal cord injury, you receive all kinds of coaching about your new body. There is a lot to learn. How to dress when you can no longer ...

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Topics: Medicaid
Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | August 17, 2018

Update: Disabled Medicaid Advocates in Iowa Fighting Hard

When you think of the people who live in Iowa, you think of farmers, students, families, small towns; a relatively peaceful place to live. Not a ...

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Topics: Recovery & Rehabilitation , Events
Spinal Cord Team
Spinal Cord Team | August 15, 2018

"Ugly Lies The Bone" Takes the Stage in Tampa This Weekend

This weekend, at the Stageworks Theater, performances of Ugly Lies The Bone are taking place. The play focuses on the main character, Jess, a ...

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Spinal Cord Team
Spinal Cord Team | August 15, 2018

10 Disability Scholarships You Need to Look Into

The costs of living with a spinal cord injury (SCI) can put a lot of financial strain on you and your family. According to the National Spinal Cord ...

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Topics: Family & Relationships , Accessibility & Adaptations
Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | August 14, 2018

6 Ways to Enjoy Sex with Limited Sensation

Sex is much more than just stimulating nerve endings. While most humans on this planet go gaga at the prospect of their genitalia being simulated, ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Research , Recovery & Rehabilitation
Spinal Cord Team
Spinal Cord Team | August 13, 2018

Effect of Inflammation on Spinal Cord Injury Recovery

No matter whether it’s your young or adult child who suffers a spinal cord injury (SCI), you likely feel helpless to make their situation better. A ...

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Topics: Family & Relationships , Accessibility & Adaptations
Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | August 09, 2018

Unexpected Tips to Make Your SCI Sex Life Great

One of the biggest questions people ask about life with a spinal cord injury is: what is sex like? Can you have sex? Can you still feel it? Does it ...

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Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | August 08, 2018

SpinalCord.com to Launch a New SCI Events Calendar

As of 10/1/18, the SCI Community Events Calendar has launched. The below article is the original announcement for the new section. You can submit ...

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Spinal Cord Team
Spinal Cord Team | August 08, 2018

3 Significant Spinal Cord Functions to Know

For some people, the spinal cord is a bit of a mystery. Sure, they may know that it is the communication system that allows the brain to communicate ...

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Topics: Caregivers , Advice & Tips
Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | August 07, 2018

What to Do When Your Caregiver Ghosts You and Stops Showing Up

In the world of needing people to come to your house to help with basic cares, there’s a phenomenon that occurs that will shock anyone not familiar ...

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Spinal Cord Team
Spinal Cord Team | August 06, 2018

Get the Lowdown on C1 and C2 Spinal Cord Injuries

While all spinal cord injuries (SCIs) are dangerous and life-altering to the people who suffer them, there is one variety of spinal cord injury, in ...

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Topics: Advice & Tips , Financial
Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | August 03, 2018

How to Save Money When You Have a Spinal Cord Injury

Many people with spinal cord injuries find themselves on limited incomes but they still have a lot of dreams, as well as equipment and items they ...

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Topics: Traumatic Brain Injury
Spinal Cord Team
Spinal Cord Team | August 02, 2018

Why Everything Hurts after a Traumatic Brain Injury

If you suffer a blow to the head, or if your head is jarred enough so that your brain moves inside your skull, it’s possible that you may sustain a ...

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Topics: Advice & Tips , Accessibility & Adaptations
Spinal Cord Team
Spinal Cord Team | July 31, 2018

5 Bathroom Tips for Independence after a Spinal Injury

After a spinal cord injury (SCI), the process of using a toilet to relieve yourself changes dramatically. The majority of SCI survivors lose their ...

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Topics: Medicaid
Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | July 30, 2018

How To Become a Successful Medicaid Advocate

Medicaid but has changed a lot in the last few years and it has the entire SCI community on edge. With the Medicaid expansion spurred by the ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Health & Exercise
Spinal Cord Team
Spinal Cord Team | July 25, 2018

What You Need to Know about Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel

Neurogenic bladder and bowel are highly common conditions that can result in people of all ages who have sustained traumatic spinal cord injuries ...

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Topics: News , Miscellaneous
Spinal Cord Team
Spinal Cord Team | July 24, 2018

NextStep Joins NeuroRecovery Network of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

NextStep Orlando, a nonprofit Activity-Based Therapy Center based near Orlando, Florida along with NextStep Kansas City have been accepted into the ...

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Topics: Traumatic Brain Injury
Spinal Cord Team
Spinal Cord Team | July 23, 2018

Contrasting a Traumatic and Anoxic Brain Injury

Most people have heard of concussions, which are a form of traumatic brain injury (TBI). However, most people are less familiar with another form of ...

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Topics: Medicaid
Tiffiny Carlson
Tiffiny Carlson | July 20, 2018

How to Manage When the Medicaid Cuts Come

There are a lot of things people with a spinal cord injury worry about when their Medicaid is suddenly changed in any way. It could be suddenly more ...

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