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Tag: SCI Awareness

Ice Bucket Challenge Continues: What Is It All For?

Published: August 19, 2014

ice-bucket-challengeThe ice bucket challenge continues but there are many asking what it is all for. The challenge is now reaching other parts of the world, and many have not been fully clued into the reason behind it. Many on Facebook are questioning the mentality of those throwing buckets of ice water over their heads.

While there are now many charities claiming they started it, the ALS Association officially encouraged people to donate money after throwing buckets of ice water over their heads. The water temporarily affects the body’s muscles and nervous system, making it difficult to move limbs and even breathe. These are some of the symptoms that ALS sufferers have, but for the long-term.

Don’t dive into a life-changing injury: Use common sense to stay safe in pools...

Published: August 8, 2014

Dr. Charles Tator“My boyfriend picked me up and threw me in the pool. I floated to the surface face down and was drowning before he rolled me over and saved my life – but he broke my spinal cord.”

“I had never been on that dock before, and it went so far out into the water. How was I supposed to know that at the end of the dock the water was less than one metre deep.”

As a brain and spinal surgeon, I have mixed feelings when the warm weather finally arrives in Canada.


Published: August 2, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury:

A DUI Victim’s Powerful Story

Mark is a speaker/author with an incredible true story. Mark is paralyzed and in a wheelchair, the result of being struck by a drunk driver. He was on a cross-country bicycle trip with his best friend and cousin Mike when it happened. They were just teenagers. Mark’s best friend was killed, and Mark literally almost lost his head and was left totally paralyzed from the neck down. After many months, with lots of prayer and hard work, he did regain some movement but still requires a wheelchair to get around.

Quadriplegic Mark Manion shares his story

Published: August 2, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Mark Manion is a quadriplegic with a compelling story.

Disabled woman helps inspire others

Published: June 11, 2014 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Sabrina Cohen uses the tragedy that left her paralyzed to help others in need.

HEALTH LINE: No Diving Into Lakes, Rivers and Oceans

Published: May 23, 2014

No DivingExperts Advise Against Diving Into Natural Bodies of Water

What lurks beneath the water?

It sounds like a horror story title, and it certainly can be when a spinal cord injury results from diving into natural bodies of water such as lakes, rivers and oceans, where visibility is low and rock and debris can be hidden from view.

Having fun at the lake and staying safe are not mutually exclusive, but experts say it is never advisable to dive into any body of water where you can’t see under the surface, no matter how many times you’ve been diving there before.

‘Unproven treatment of spinal injuries can cause paralysis’

Published: April 24, 2014

The rampant unauthorised and unproven stem cell transplant for spinal cord injury can leave a person paralysed below the level of injury, health experts said Thursday.

Issuing a statement to caution people about such practices and create awareness on the issue, the Association of Spine Surgeons of India (ASSI) said: “There is an urgent need to create awareness on the issue, and advise the spinal cord injured and their families to make informed decisions regarding the plethora of ‘effective’ stem transplant treatments being offered across the world.”

Spinal Cord Injuries in Young People

Published: January 10, 2014

Dr. Paul SmolenSpinal cord injuries often involve young people but few teens and college students understand the potentially life threatening risks that come with playing many popular sports. Unfortunately, with their youth often comes a feeling of invulnerability, and the belief that they are impervious to injury. It’s all part of being young, but all it only takes is one fall, or one bad tackle to turn a cheerleading stunt or football game into a literal nightmare. Spinal cord injury awareness is often overlooked during training, possibly because concussions and other more common injuries take the forefront.

Wheelchair relay event raises awareness about living with spinal injuries

Published: September 14, 2013

Sue Jacques of the Rolling RabbitsWATERLOO — Suddenly Jesse Redden needed a wheelchair and help with just about everything after a car crash damaged his spine, paralyzing him from the neck down.

“It was emotionally stressful,” said Redden, 24. “I was always an extremely active person, very independent.”

He was surprised to experience just how tough it is to get around in a wheelchair as he encountered endless obstacles, even in facilities supposedly designed for wheelchair use.

“The world is not as accessible as people think,” said the Fergus man.

Pharmaceutical leader kicks off week of working on wheels

Published: October 2, 2012

Eight keen employees swapped their legs for wheelchairs at Merck Sharp and Dohme’s Auckland office this Monday for Wheels at Work Week.

Merck Sharp and Dohme (MSD) is an international pharmaceutical company providing medicines and vaccines. It is the first Auckland business to take part in this campaign in support of the New Zealand Spinal Trust.