Karen Koehler of Strittmatter Kessler Whelan and Coluccio, a Seattle-based law firm, authors the Spinal Cord Injury Blog. The blog covers a host of legal topics related to spinal cord injuries, including liability questions and new medical developments for those struggling with spinal cord injuries.
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Surprise! It's cardiovascular disease. Those with SCI develop the disease at younger ages and at a greater frequency that the able bodied population. The disease includes autonomic dysreflexia - the drastic increase in blood pressure of those with cervical and upper thoracic injuries. ...
Diet can play a role in managing a neurogenic bladder and bowel. Neurogenic bowel: Regular meals should be spaced throughout the day. Adequate fluid intake is 40 ml per kg body weight plus 500 ml, or at least 1.5 liters per day. Fiber requirements are less than the...
People with SCI are at higher risk for osteoporosis due to lack of weight bearing on lower limbs. Decreased bone density increases the risk of fractures and related health problems Here are some tips to maximize bone health: Be active! DEXA scan is an imaging machine recommended to measure...
Those with SCI have the same protein nutrition needs as the general population. This changes if a pressure sore develops. Wound healing requires a big increase in protein. A person with or without SCI needs 0.8 to 1.0 grams of protein per kg of body weight per day. Those with...
Heart disease risk can be reduced by keeping cholesterol, waist circumference and other risk factors in check. Blood fats (lipids) target goals: Keep total cholesterol less than 200 mg/dl. Triglycerides less than 150 mg/dl. LDL the "bad cholesterol" needs to stay under 130 mg/dl. ...
Those with SCI need fewer calories than the non-paralyzed. This is because metabolic activity decreases after SCI due to denervated muscle. Generally, those with paraplegia should weigh 5-10% and those with tetraplegia, 10-15% less than normative weight tables. Just as...
A young musician named Toby had a diving accident. He became a C5 quadriplegic. This movie tells Toby's inspirational story. This movie was published by the Foundation for Biomedical Research. www.fbresearch.org
22 years ago, Kurt Gengenbach became a C4 quadriplegic during a senior high school hockey game. He went in for a hit, lost the edge of his skate and slammed headfirst into the boards.Many people assume that if you are paralyzed, you can't feel anything. But this is not...
Almost all people who sustain a SCI show some recovery of motor function below the initial spinal injury level. The spontaneous recovery of motor function in those with motor-complete SCI is fairly limited. But recovery in incomplete SCI patients is both more substantial and highly...
Janet Barnes was born with a broken neck in 1928. Doctors told her parents she wouldn't live past age 14. Janet married and raised four children with her also wheelchair bound husband. She worked in a photo-retouching lab and volunteered at a community guarden coalition and for...