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Monthly Archives: September 2004

What are general medical concerns with SCI?

Published: September 15, 2004

As a person with a disability who uses a wheelchair, you have additional health concerns. For example you must work harder to maintain your health. If you lack sensation, you must be alert for other signals from your body. It is wise to find out what you can about healthcare and advocating for yourself before an emergency or serious health threat arises.

What research is being done?

Published: September 14, 2004

Research on trauma-related disorders such as SCI focuses on increasing scientific understanding of how changes in molecules, cells, and their complex interactions determine the outcome of SCI, and finding ways to prevent and treat these injuries.

There is also increasing interest in neural stem and progenitor cells and their potential application in cell replacement therapies for the treatment of complex neurological disorders such as SCI.

About SCI

Published: September 13, 2004

Injury to the spinal cord (the nerves that carry most messages from the brain to the body and vice versa) in the neck or back.

Alternative Names

Neck/spinal injury; Spinal/ Neck Injury


When someone has a spinal injury, additional movement may cause further damage to the nerves in the cord and can sometimes mean the difference between life and death. If you suspect spinal injury, do not move the injured person even a little bit, unless it is absolutely necessary (i.e., getting someone out of a burning car). The purpose of first aid is to prevent further harm to the victim, until you can obtain medical help.

Do people with SCI die sooner?

Published: September 13, 2004

Yes, before World War II, most people who sustained SCI died within weeks of their injury due to urinary dysfunction, respiratory infection or pressure sores. With the advent of modern antibiotics, modern materials such as plastics and latex, and better procedures for dealing with everyday issues of living with SCI, many people approach the life span of non-disabled individuals.

Mice regrow damaged spinal cord

Published: September 12, 2004

Scar block encourages nerves in spine to regenerate.

Damaged spinal cords in mice have been encouraged to grow back by blocking a scar-causing molecule. The result suggests a fresh approach to treatments for sufferers of spinal cord injury.

Choosing a Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Hospital

Published: September 8, 2004

Choosing a Rehabilitation facility for someone who has had a catastrophic injury is one of the most important and difficult decisions you may face. As you carefully explore your alternatives and tour prospective facilities, you are encouraged to consider asking the following questions: