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.
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).
After suffering a spinal cord injury (SCI) or a traumatic brain injury (TBI), it may be difficult to figure out how to move forward with your life and focus on what you can do instead of any limitations. There is so much information you need to know that it may seem somewhat overwhelming at times.
It's human nature to doubt one's self-esteem on a perfect day, even in a perfect body. When someone has a spinal cord injury, the self-doubt that happens is quite profound. This is especially true if you don't know anything about the world of spinal cord injuries beforehand.
When a spinal cord injury occurs, it can often mean an entirely new way of life for the patient suffering from such a debilitating condition as well as those loved ones in his or her life. Time and again, we’ve heard stories of people struggling to recover both physically and financially after such an incident. After all, the nerve damage left in the wake of a severe spinal cord injury can often lead to any one of many forms of paralysis and devastating loss of function.
Thousands of people suffer from spinal cord injuries each year, most of them experiencing trauma that results in paralysis. With an injury this life changing, it is beyond understandable that the victim and their loved ones would wonder about the permanence of the condition.
Editor’s note: This is a guest post that was provided by an outside contributor and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of SpinalCord.com.
No one is ever prepared for tragedy to strike, and yet roughly 276,000 individuals are currently facing the aftermath of a spinal cord injury. The devastating effects of such an event can often greatly impair the motor skills and sensory function of those suffering, leading them with a daunting uphill battle ahead.
Doctors at Ohio’s Case Western Reserve University claim to have used a revolutionary method to help a spinal cord injury (SCI) patient use his arms again. By bridging the gap in his severed spinal column with a wireless Bluetooth link, they have reportedly enabled the patient to regain the use of his arms.
Joseph Groh, a spinal cord injury survivor with a dogged commitment to helping others, never thought he would transition from the two wheels of his bike to the four years of his wheelchair. Where many spinal cord injury survivors might see nothing but hopelessness and frustration, Joe has always treated his life-changing injury as just another new life path.
The Joseph Groh Foundation, which Joe and his wife started just a few short months after Joe broke his neck, instructs catastrophic injury survivors to “Never look back. Never give up. Remain positive.” Joe hopes his story will inspire others to embrace those lofty goals.
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