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Articles Tagged: Health Care

What is a spinal cord injury?

Published: May 28, 2017 | Category: Answers

A spinal cord injury means that the spinal cord of a person is damaged and the person cannot do things that they otherwise would have been able to do such as walking (mobility) or feeling in certain parts of their body.

The spinal cord of a person is roughly 50 centimetres in length and it spreads from the bottom of the brain to about the waist. It is a key bundle of nerves that facilitates communication between the brain and the rest of the body, giving instructions to initiate actions such as movement.  It consists of 31 pairs of nerves which connect it to different parts of the body, with the nerves that are on the left connecting with the left side of the body and those that are on the right connecting with the right side of the body (WHO, 2010). Continue Reading »

United Spinal’s “Roll on Capitol Hill” to Advocate for Policies that Strengthen Health and Independence for Wheelchair Users

Published: May 9, 2017 | Category: News | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Richard Bagby of Richmond, Virginia to Represent Disability Community

NEW YORK, May 9, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — United Spinal Association’s 6th Annual Roll on Capitol Hill, June 11-14 in Washington, D.C., will host Richard Bagby, former collegiate athlete and deputy director of the organization’s Virginia chapter, along with other prominent disability advocates to speak directly with legislators on issues that affect the independence and quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D).

Bagby will be attending Roll on Capitol Hill to urge his state representatives to support legislation that helps people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D) become productive members of society. Continue Reading »

General Medical Concerns for People with Spinal Cord Injury

Published: March 7, 2017 | Category: Featured Information Videos

When a health concern comes up, how do you know what kind of health care provider to see? Continue Reading »

Spinal Cord Injury Patients Face Many Serious Health Problems Besides Paralysis

Published: February 16, 2017 | Category: Information

MAYWOOD, IL –  Paralysis is just one of the many serious health problems faced by patients who suffer spinal cord injuries.

Spinal cord patients also are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease; pneumonia; life-threatening blood clots; bladder, bowel and sexual dysfunction; constipation and other gastrointestinal problems; pressure ulcers; and chronic pain, according to a report published in the journal Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports. Continue Reading »

Public Health Officials Struggle To Identify Sepsis Before It Becomes Deadly

Published: October 10, 2016 | Category: News

rory-stauntonAfter Rory Staunton fell at the gym and cut his arm in March of 2012, the 12-year-old became feverish and vomited during the night, complaining of a sharp pain in his leg. When his parents called his pediatrician the next day, she wasn’t worried. She said there was a stomach virus going around New York City, and his leg pain was likely due to his fall.

However, she advised his parents, Orlaith and Ciaran Staunton, to take the youngster to the emergency department because he might be dehydrated. There hospital workers did some blood work, gave him fluids and sent him home. Continue Reading »

AMR Air Ambulance

Published: July 25, 2016 | Category: Links

amrairambulance-comAMR Air Ambulance, a subsidiary of Envision Healthcare. We deliver fixed wing air ambulance transport services that provide true “bed-to-bed” service, including specialized medical care during air and ground transportation, as well as any other incidentals.

AMR Air Ambulance is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS). CAMTS is the USA Standard for Air Medical Transport. Continue Reading »

What’s Next? In Limbo With Syrian Refugees Who Have Spinal Cord Injuries

Published: March 9, 2016 | Category: News

Mideast Jordan Syrian Refugees“Do you eat eye?” the man asked me, tearing meat away from a sheep’s skull.

“No, I do not eat eye,” I replied, pleased to have been given an out. “Thank you.”

I was the guest of honor at a small apartment on the outskirts of Amman, Jordan, where a group of about 15 Syrian refugee men all live together. Their uniting bond is their paralysis: All have spinal cord injuries from fighting in the Syrian civil war.

A few of the men had been my patients back in 2013, when I volunteered at a spinal cord injury apartment in Amman. At the time, their situation struck me as hopeless. I had good reason to feel that way — but I turned out to be wrong. Continue Reading »

Do the Paralyzed Have a Medical Right to This $70K Exoskeleton?

Published: February 24, 2016 | Category: News

exoskeletonAmerican insurance providers are being faced with an interesting health care debate: Should walking be considered a need?

At the center of this debate are exoskeletons — motorized devices that allows those with spinal cord injuries to stand upright and walk. So far, the ReWalk system is the only exoskeleton in the United States that has been approved by the FDA. However, it costs close to $70,000.

ReWalk announced that a commercial health plan will provide coverage for a personal exoskeleton system. Continue Reading »

Long Beach VA opens facility to house vets with spinal cord injuries

Published: September 9, 2015 | Category: News

va long term care unitVeterans Administration Long Beach held its grand opening for a Long Term Care Unit designed for veterans that have sustained a spinal cord injury or disorder and are not able to live independently or with family.

Lyndon Wells considers himself one of a lucky few in Long Beach.

The 91-year-old U.S. Coast Guard veteran was paralyzed in a car crash in 1959. Today he is among 12 spinal cord injury patients at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Long Beach Healthcare System’s newest center — a state-of-the-art long-term care facility that officials say is the only one of its kind west of Mississippi. Continue Reading »

Morphine might take away pain, but does it do more harm than good?

Published: January 11, 2015 | Category: Answers

The damaging effects of giving morphine after a major injury

A soldier on the battlefield, a driver in a car accident, a nursing home resident taking a bad fall—all of these scenarios can lead to spinal cord injury as well as broken bones, contusions, lacerations and other painful wounds.

To alleviate some of the discomfort, health care providers might give morphine, but research at the Texas A&M Health Science Center shows that this might be the worst thing they can do. Continue Reading »