Spinal Cord Injury Journal

Updates and Advancements On Traumatic Brain & Spinal Cord Injuries

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Paralysis , Wheelchair Bound , Wheelchair , paralyzed
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | July 07, 2020

Are People with Spinal Cord Injuries Fragile?

Sustaining a spinal cord injury and acquiring a disability can be an eye-opening experience in a myriad of ways. After your injury, you will begin to ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Paralysis , Quadriplegia , Quadriplegic , Spinal Cord
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | July 04, 2020

How to Live Independently as a Low-Level Quadriplegic

For those with mid to lower cervical spinal cord injuries, they can range in their levels of independence. While some can be fully independent and ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Spinal Cord Injuries , Quadriplegia , Quadriplegic , Spinal Cord , Disability Car License , Disability Placard
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | June 30, 2020

Driving in a Wheelchair: Disability Plate or Placard is Best?

After a spinal cord injury, one of the most freeing things people say they experience is getting behind the wheel. With so much of the sensory ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Spinal Cord , spinal contusions , sacral spinal cord injury , sacral spine
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | June 27, 2020

Common Causes of Sacral Spinal Cord Injuries

Among all the spinal cord injuries that are possible, sacral spinal cord injuries are the rarest. Located below the lumbar section and above the ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Paralysis , Spinal Cord Injuries , Spinal Cord , paralyzed , Water Alternatives , Water , Healthy
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | June 25, 2020

Is Water the Only Fluid People with SCI Should Drink?

After becoming paralyzed, one of the most common things you'll hear from the nurses and doctors that care for you is to drink more water. You will ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Paralysis , Quadriplegia , Colostomy Bag , Colostomy
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | June 20, 2020

When Should People with SCI Consider a Colostomy?

One of the most frustrating things to get a handle of when you have paralysis is your bowel program. After a spinal cord is injured, the bowel system ...

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Topics: Recovery & Rehabilitation , Traumatic Brain Injury
Spinal Cord Team
Spinal Cord Team | June 19, 2020

What to Expect When Recovering from Frontal Lobe Damage

Brain injuries of any kind can be frightening to deal with, whether it’s you or a loved one who has suffered such injury. It can be hard to adjust to ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , rehabilitation , spinal contusions
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | June 18, 2020

Rehab Needs of L-Level Paraplegics

There are all types of functionality after a spinal cord injury, but one of the more interesting injuries are people with L-level paraplegia, as ...

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Topics: Research , Traumatic Brain Injury
Spinal Cord Team
Spinal Cord Team | June 12, 2020

Brain Hemorrhage Recovery Time, Causes, and Symptoms

Brain bleeding, which is alternatively known as brain hemorrhage, denotes a kind of stroke that results from the bursting of arteries in the brain. ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Paralysis , Wheelchair , Paraplegia , Spinal Cord
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | June 12, 2020

Popular Wheelchairs for T-Level Paraplegics

For many people with paralysis, having to use a wheelchair is a necessity. And one of the most important purchases you'll make after a spinal cord ...

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Topics: Traumatic Brain Injury
Spinal Cord Team
Spinal Cord Team | June 09, 2020

How Long Can the Brain Go Without Oxygen? What Happens?

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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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Quadriplegia , monoplegia , rehabilitation
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | June 08, 2020

When Should You Stop Rehab And Return to Everyday Life?

After a spinal cord injury, many people throw themselves into their rehabilitation. It is for many the biggest beacon of hope they have. And for many ...

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Topics: Traumatic Brain Injury
Zawn Villines
Zawn Villines | June 07, 2020

Grey Matter vs White Matter in the Brain

 About 276,000 people in the U.S. currently live with spinal cord injuries, with an additional 12,500 new cases every year. These injuries affect one ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injuries , Quadriplegia , cervical spine
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | June 04, 2020

High-Level Spinal Cord Injuries and Their Causes

Among all levels of paralysis, high-level spinal cord injuries are considered the most serious. This is because injuries to this area of the spinal ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Paralysis , depression , mental health
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | June 02, 2020

Is It Wrong to Miss Your Old Life?

Going through something as traumatic as a spinal cord injury can leave many in complete shock. For many, it can take time to figure out how to be ...

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Topics: Paralysis , Spinal Cord Injuries , paralyzed , emotions
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | June 01, 2020

How to Manage Anger When You're Paralyzed

Anger is one of the most pronounced stages of grief, and many people with spinal cord injuries struggle with it for years after their injury. It ...

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Topics: Wheelchair Bound , masks , Board , Airplanes , social distance
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Topics: Traumatic Brain Injury
Zawn Villines
Zawn Villines | May 20, 2020

Contusion vs. Concussion: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

Newly-initiated spinal cord injury survivors are hit with a dizzying array of terms to remember—and doctors aren't always the best at simplifying ...

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Topics: Quadriplegia , Spinal Cord , telephone , telehealth
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | May 19, 2020

Spinal Cord Injuries and Telehealth: When to See a Doctor In-Person

Telehealth is exploding right now due to the Coronavirus. This is especially the case for people with spinal cord injuries, particularly ...

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Zawn Villines
Zawn Villines | May 18, 2020

Hemiplegia vs Hemiparesis: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

There are multiple forms of disability that a person can suffer as a result of a spinal cord injury (SCI) or traumatic brain injury (TBI). Two ...

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Zawn Villines
Zawn Villines | May 15, 2020

Tetraplegia vs. Quadriplegia vs. Paraplegia: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

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 , coronavirus , COVID , medical supplies , medical supplies online , medical supplies store
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | May 14, 2020

Creative Ways to Find Medical Supplies During the COVID-19 Outbreak

The Coronavirus is changing the world, and it's interrupting the way people get their medical supplies. There have been several reports from people ...

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Topics: Traumatic Brain Injury
Zawn Villines
Zawn Villines | May 13, 2020

Hypoxia: Definition, Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

The brain depends on oxygen to perform even the most basic functions. Without it, the brain quickly ceases to function. And if oxygen deprivation ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Paralysis , coronavirus , COVID , metal health , mental health awareness
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | May 09, 2020

SCI & Mental Health During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented time for everyone, including those living with disabilities and those without a disability. Those ...

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Topics: Wheelchair Bound , Quadriplegia , Caregiving , Quadriplegic , coronavirus
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | May 05, 2020

Overcoming Caregiver Shortages Caused by the Coronavirus

We are in unprecedented times because of the Coronavirus. Many people are being cautious in their personal lives, and this is overflowing into the ...

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Topics: Wheelchair Bound , Wheelchair , Spinal Cord , coronavirus
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | May 01, 2020

Wheelchair Repair Amidst the Coronavirus

It is a stressful time right now for many people, and for people with paralysis who have a broken wheelchair, this is especially true. Many ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord , coronavirus , COVID , healthy living , Immune system booster
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | April 28, 2020

SCI & Your Immune System: Eating Healthy During COVID-19

With COVID-19 upon us, as you’ve likely heard, anyone with compromised health needs to be in as good of shape as possible to keep themselves ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Wheelchair Bound , Wheelchair , Adaptive , Exercises
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | April 24, 2020

Online Exercise for People with SCI

With most of the country currently stuck at home because of the Coronavirus pandemic, working out at home is on many people's minds. For people ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Assistive Technology , Assistive Technology Devices , Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles , Adaptive , Spinal Cord
Mason Ellis
Mason Ellis | April 16, 2020

The Process of Driving Again - Everything You Need To Know

Is Driving Still Possible? This is a common question that many people have after becoming paralyzed. This was in my mind after my injury as well. ...

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Topics: Assistive Devices , Assistive Technology Devices , Tetraplegia , Tetraplegic
Spinal Cord Team
Spinal Cord Team | April 15, 2020

Be Part In Improving The Future For People With Tetraplegia

We are two Biomedical Engineering students from Technical University of Denmark (DTU), who are currently writing our master’s thesis. The objective ...

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Topics: coronavirus
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | March 31, 2020

Business Interruption Insurance Claims, Coronavirus, and Claim Denials

The Coronavirus (COVOID-19) emergency has interrupted millions of businesses across the country. Our community is no different from not for profit ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injuries , Spinal Cord , coronavirus
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | March 18, 2020

Coronavirus and Spinal Cord Injuries

As the nation and the rest of the world fight Coronavirus (COVID-19) trying to slow it’s spread an minimize its impact on those at greatest risk ...

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Topics: YouTube Channel , Spinal Cord , Informative , Learning Resources , Youtube Videos
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | March 16, 2020

SpinalCord’s YouTube Channel -  Another Great Source for Valuable Information

To all of our amazing followers who loyally read this blog, we thank you very much. Your support means a lot to us here at Spinal Cord, and we ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Support Groups , Emotional Support
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | March 10, 2020

Benefits of SCI Support Groups and How to Find Them

Very frequently, I hear from spinal cord injury survivors that they don’t even know what to ask about, in terms of advice, because they’ve never been ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Stem Cell Therapy , Stem Cell Research , Clinical trials
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | March 07, 2020

Stem Cell Therapies for Spinal Cord Injuries

If you've suffered a spinal cord injury, it is only natural for you to search out the latest breakthroughs in medicine and technology to find a ...

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Topics: Brain Injuries , Brain lobes , brain lobes and functions , parietal lobe damage , frontal lobe damage
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | February 29, 2020

How Damage to the Frontal and Parietal Lobes Affects the Body

The brain is the motherboard of the body. Any damage that occurs to the frontal lobe and parietal lobe will affect the rest of the body in various ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Complications , heterotopic ossification
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | February 26, 2020

Secondary SCI Conditions: Heterotopic Ossification (HO)

Out of all of the secondary conditions that can occur after a spinal cord injury, one of the lesser-known is Heterotopic Ossification (HO). Abnormal ...

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Topics: Brain Injury , Hypoxia , Causes of Hypoxia , Hypoxia Treatment
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | February 22, 2020

Understanding Hypoxia After A Brain Injury

When the brain is deprived of oxygen in a brain injury, a condition called Hypoxia will develop, which can cause brain damage, as well as several ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Skydiving , Quadriplegic , Paraplegia , Indoor Skydiving
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | February 21, 2020

Adaptive Skydiving 101: Why, How, and Where

Since the dawn of aviation, humans have been fascinated by parachuting, and by the 1950s, recreational skydiving had arrived. It took several decades ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , handicap accessible homes , Handicap Accessible , Overbed Table
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | February 19, 2020

Personal Overbed Table For People With SCI

Every once in a while, something comes along that is so perfectly suited to the job it’s designed to do… that we stop to ask ourselves: “Why hasn’t ...

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Topics: Wheelchair Accessible , Accessible , Real Estate
Kris Lindahl
Kris Lindahl | February 17, 2020

My Home is Wheelchair Accessible But Now I've Got to Move

 A step by step guide to listing, marketing and selling your fully accessible home. Making a home more accessible can take a fair amount of research ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Nonprofit Organisation , Charity Organizations , Children In Need
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | February 14, 2020

Best Nonprofits for Kids with SCI: Part II

Kids with a spinal cord injury deserve their special care. To ensure families of children with spinal cord injuries can provide their children with ...

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Zawn Villines
Zawn Villines | February 11, 2020

Complete & Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries: Everything You Need to Know

  The effects of spinal cord injuries (SCIs) vary greatly depending on the severity and location of the damage to the spinal cord. No two injuries ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Wheelchair Bound , Famous People In Wheelchairs , Quadriplegia , Musicians
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | February 11, 2020

Musicians With Spinal Cord Injuries

Music has long been known for its healing abilities. Whether you're performing music or basking in its glow, it has the uncanny ability to make you ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Adaptive , Nonprofit Organisation
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | February 08, 2020

Best Nonprofits for Kids with SCI: Part I

While adjusting to a spinalcord injury is difficult at any age, children with spinal cord injuries face special challenges. The cost of the equipment ...

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Zawn Villines
Zawn Villines | February 07, 2020

Spinal Shock: What It Is and How You Treat It

What is Spinal Shock? Spinal shock is characterized by the temporary reduction or loss of reflexes following a spinal cord injury (SCI). The spinal ...

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Topics: Research , Paralysis
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Spinal Cord Team | February 07, 2020

What is Paralysis: Permanent vs Temporary Paralysis

What is Paralysis? Paralysis is a genuine and significant factor for any spinal cord injury (SCI) survivor and their families. Paralysis can affect ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Paralysis , Muscle Activation Technique
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | February 04, 2020

Best Methods for Activating Paralyzed Muscles

The current landscape for people with spinal cord injuries is better than it ever has been before with the physical therapy options now available. ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Assistive Technology , Assistive Technology Devices , Jabberwocky , Android Accessibility
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | February 04, 2020

Using a Smartphone Touch-Free

For people living with high quadriplegia from a spinal cord injury, gaining reliable access to electronic devices that are built for use with ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injuries , Stem Cell Therapy , Stem Cell , Stem Cell Research
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | January 31, 2020

The Latest In Stem Cell Therapy After SCI

Stem cells have long-held hope for many people with spinal cord injuries. Since their discovery in 1998, they have been used in thousands of studies ...

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Topics: Traumatic Brain Injury
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Spinal Cord Team | January 29, 2020

What is a Head Injury and What Are the Symptoms?

Head injuries are particularly worrisome for a number of reasons—especially ones that result in traumatic brain injuries. Not only are these injuries ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Wheelchair Accessible , US Election 2020 , Handicap Accessible , Voting Rights Act
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | January 28, 2020

2020 Primaries: How to Make Sure Your Voting Location is Accessible

It a big election year with the US Presidential election in November, and with the Primaries around the corner it is more important than ever to know ...

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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , menstrual cycle , Menstruation
Vincent Dolan
Vincent Dolan | January 25, 2020

How Spinal Cord Injury Affects Menstruation in Women with Paralysis

After a spinal cord injury, the body can go into shock in many ways. For women, their menstrual cycle can be affected. While most women with spinal ...

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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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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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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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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
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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
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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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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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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Miscellaneous
Spinal Cord Team
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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Topics: Miscellaneous
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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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Topics: Miscellaneous
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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
Spinal Cord Team
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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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
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 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 | 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 | 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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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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Recovery & Rehabilitation
Spinal Cord Team
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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Topics: Advice & Tips , Accessibility & Adaptations
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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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Research , Recovery & Rehabilitation
Spinal Cord Team
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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Topics: Recovery & Rehabilitation , Health & Exercise , Advice & Tips
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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Topics: Advice & Tips , Financial
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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Topics: Technology & Advancements , Research , Paralysis
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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Topics: Family & Relationships , Advice & Tips , Accessibility & Adaptations
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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Topics: Spinal Cord Injury , Recovery & Rehabilitation
Spinal Cord Team
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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