Daily Archives: March 1, 2006
Pain Following Spinal Cord Injury:
Almost every patient that suffers from a spinal cord injury suffers from pain. With each person, the pain varies in intensity, frequency and duration of episodes, and the type of pain experienced.
Chronic SCI pain may begin at the time of injury or develop slowly over months or years. Chronic pain persists for long periods of time and often does not respond well to pain treatment. According to some reports as many as 90% of persons with SCI have had chronic pain. This pain can be at its best annoying, and at its worst it seems unbearable. Pain can interfere with work and social activities as much or more than Functional loss. In fact, as many as 37% of people with SCI pain would trade bladder, bowel, or sexual function for pain relief if given the choice.
Breaking Down Barriers
When handsome, California-blond Tobias Forrest steers his wheelchair onto the stage of City’s Theatre’s Lester Hamburg Studio for this week’s opening of “Pyretown,” his presence in the two-character drama will resonate well beyond that intimate performance space. In staging “Pyretown” and casting Mr. Forrest in a leading role, City Theatre has broken new ground for itself and local theater-goers.
Portrayals of disability on stage are few and far between. Film and television audiences are much more accustomed to viewing disability, albeit usually as played by non-disabled people.
Stem cells obtained from adult nasal passages can be transformed into nerve cells that restore mobility and function to rats with spinal cord injuries, a University of Louisville study has shown.
Researchers have stimulated these cells to become neurons, interact with muscles and make dopamine, a chemical that helps carry electrical signals within the nervous system, said Fred Roisen, a neuroscientist who led the research.
Results of the study were reported today in the journal Stem Cells.
Newswise — According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), an estimated 250,000 to 450,000 people in the United States are living with a spinal cord injury (SCI). Every year, an estimated 11,000 SCI incidents occur in the United States. Most of these are caused by trauma to the vertebral column, thereby affecting the spinal cord’s ability to send and receive messages from the brain to the body’s systems that control sensory, Motor and autonomic function below the level of injury. According to the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC), SCI costs the nation an estimated $9.7 billion each year. Pressure sores alone, a common secondary condition among people with SCI, cost an estimated $1.2 billion. “SCI prevention is essential to decreasing the impact of these injuries on individual patients and on society,” stated Alex B. Valadka, MD, FACS, AANS spokesperson and trauma expert.