If you are someone who was physically active before sustaining a spinal cord injury (SCI), or if you’re an SCI survivor who just wants to try something new, we have good news: There are a number of physical activities and exercises that you can still do with a spinal cord injury.
While the leading causes of spinal cord injuries (SCI) in the United States are auto accidents, these injuries can result from a number of other causes, including medical complications or malpractice, someone else’s malicious actions, defective products, falling objects, or a variety of other accident situations. If someone else is responsible for the accident that caused your spinal cord injury, then you may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit.
An evolution toward universal design, also known as barrier-free design, has been changing the lives of spinal cord injury (SCI) survivors and other wheelchair users for the better since the 1950s. This style of architecture incorporates universal design principles that blend wheelchair accessibility with simple clean lines, resulting in an end product that appears like it was naturally accessible, no fuss needed.
Coping with a spinal cord injury (SCI) is something that takes time, patience, and requires a learning curve. The recovery and rehabilitative process can be long and challenging for any SCI survivor; healing, adapting, and learning to rebuild a sense of self take time and effort. Spinal cord rehabilitation centers often can play an important role in in spinal cord injury treatment by providing further assistance to those who are working on their recovery.
After you have a spinal cord injury (SCI), you may feel compelled to start your own nonprofit organization. Forming one is a great way to raise money for spinal cord injury research and a myriad of other SCI-related issues. If you can help to enhance the community of which you are now a part, why not?
Movement is what the human body was made for. After a spinal cord injury (SCI), however, movement comes at a premium. When the body suddenly stops moving, the joints and muscles become dangerously stiff, even leading to contractures. But this also can be prevented with proper, regular stretching, which is important to your spinal cord injury rehabilitation.
Virtually any spinal cord injury (SCI) is considered a traumatic injury due to the importance of the spinal cord in everyday functions. Your ability to do many basic functions — walking, breathing, using your hands, and controlling your bowel and bladder functions — can potentially be impacted by an injury to the spinal cord.
It’s the situation no one ever wants to think could happen to them: You’re sitting in your car at a red light and the light turns green. You begin to drive into the intersection when, suddenly, you’re struck from the side by a red-light-running driver. The next thing you remember, you’re waking up in the hospital and are being informed that you were in a car accident and sustained a serious, traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI). A doctor tells you that the paralysis you’re feeling may be temporary as a result of spinal shock, or it may be permanent — it’s too soon to tell.
If you've been a long time subscriber to our journal, you will likely remember "The Cure Map." The Cure Map is a documentary by Kelsey Peterson and Madeline Brown that aims to inspire and motivate people to support curing paralysis. Kelsey became a quadriplegic in 2012, bringing her own personal story and perspective as a spinal cord injury (SCI) survivor to share with others.
The holidays are hands down one of the most romantic times of the year. If you have someone in your life, it can be even more special because you can share all of the magic with each other.
As a wheelchair-user, the holidays can be a really nice breath of fresh air. All of the different activities make life a bit more interesting, which is especially nice if you're dealing with a new spinal cord injury (SCI) and are learning how to stay positive during the holidays.
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