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Monthly Archives: October 2003

Pain and Spinal Cord Injury: Causes and Treatments

Chronic pain is a frequent problem in the majority of the SCI population and can occur not only above the level of injury but also at or below the level of injury and in...

Ventilatory Care in Patients with SCI

The breathing muscles are supplied by nerves that emerge from the spinal cord in various locations, from the Cervical through the Lumbar levels. "Even the abdominal muscles are involved in breathing," said Joshua O....

Chronic Pain after Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injury (SCI) typically results in sensory paralysis, or a loss of feeling in areas using nerves that connect to the spinal cord below the level of injury. A person with complete paralysis...

Treatment of Pressure Ulcers

Pressure ulcers are a common affliction in two clinical situations: when people are immobilized, as in paralysis, coma, dementia, and forced bed rest; and when they must wear artificial devices, such as casts, splints,...

Facing the Realities of Managed Care and HMOs

Bill, 55, was repairing his roof on a Saturday afternoon when he fell, sustaining a C4 spinal cord injury. He was rushed to the hospital and had surgery. Afterward, while he lay in the...

When SCI Isn’t an Accident

It's 2:00 A.M. on a Saturday morning when police spot the limp body of a man lying in a park in downtown Seattle. Initially they assume he is a street person "sleeping one off",...

Depression and Spinal Cord Injury

Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a common condition that occurs in about 5% of Americans (over 11 million people). MDD is more than being sad or feeling grief after a loss; it refers to...

Preventing UTIs Through Patient Education

Results of a Northwest Regional SCI System Study Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) is a common medical problem throughout the lifetime of many individuals with SCI and has been reported as the leading cause of rehospitalization...

Sleep Apnea Syndrome in SCI

Sleep apnea syndrome is a disorder characterized by frequent, brief pauses in breathing during sleep, resulting in reduced oxygen flow to the brain. The disorder occurs in 4% of the general population, most commonly...

Adjustment After SCI: Facts Vs. Myths

No one is happy about sustaining a spinal cord injury, and few who have experienced it will tell you it wasn't a traumatic event in their lives. But doctors and medical staff are going...