Winter and wheelchairs aren't the best of friends. While this season can be exhilarating and stunningly beautiful, it can also be deadly for someone with a spinal cord injury (SCI). Simply put - wheelchair users need to be extra vigilant when the weather turns to snow and cold.
It is important to become an informed consumer and understand what it takes to maximize your recovery. Real progress in medicine depends on always doing what is right and best for our patients.
After a spinal cord injury (SCI), one of the hardest things is getting used to needing help. If you have an injury that requires you to need daily caregivers 24/7, this is especially difficult. Not only do you need help with additional things, you need someone in your home day and night. You essentially have become the boss of a new part-time job.
There’s a lot to learn after sustaining a spinal cord injury (SCI). In fact, there's so much to learn it could almost be a college course. However, there are a handful of things in particular that I wish I would've known right away when I became paralyzed that would have helped during my SCI recovery. There are certain truths that can calm the soul when everything is turned upside down.
Early intervention and continued medical and therapeutic treatments are critical in aiding recovery after a spinal cord injury (SCI). The good news is that SCI hospitals and rehabilitation centers are available in more than 40 states around the United States (including Hawaii).
Out of everybody on the planet, people with spinal cord injuries (SCI) are among the highest risk populations susceptible to pressure ulcers, or what are more commonly known as pressure sores. It's a sad but true fact. However, there are prevention tips and methods that can save you from the hell of suffering with pressure sores after a spinal injury. You don't have to accept them as a way of life just because you're sitting all day.
Sitting for several hours a day is unhealthy for able-bodied individuals. Imagine how unhealthy it is for people in wheelchairs to be seated for 12 hours a day.
Do you have a backup manual wheelchair in case of an emergency? If you're a regular powerchair user with a spinal cord injury (SCI), this is something you should have when a natural disaster hits and you need to evacuate. With a heavy powerchair in tow, you won't be able to go anywhere, or worse, you'll have to be carried out. A 300-lb. powerchair won’t be going anywhere.
Medical researchers are constantly working to find ways to more effectively treat various forms of brain damage. Many of these treatments can sound unusual, but may prove surprisingly effective at helping survivors of traumatic brain injuries recover. One such unusual-sounding treatment is the use of brain cooling therapy to treat hypoxic brain 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 life following a traumatic injury, but there are ways to cope—and knowing what to expect from such injuries can help make the coping process easier on everyone.
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