Dealing with shoulder pain

Most people with an SCI will experience shoulder pain at some point, but it’s very important to prevent serious injury. Here are a few ways to reduce or avoid injury. Shoulder pain is common in people with a spinal cord injury (SCI) as well as people who have suffered a...

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Tendon transfers

Patients suffering from an SCI that has compromised their upper limbs may consider the option of tendon-transfer surgery Living with spinal cord injury (SCI) is challenging at the best of times. Individuals with an SCI where upper limb function is normal and preserved (paraplegics) are usually functionally independent in all...

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Not just for frown lines…

Don’t confuse focal spasticity with general spasticity: the two are very different and require different treatment. Follow these tips to help you better deal with focal spasticity. Spasticity is a condition that is commonly seen in patients who have suffered a neurological event. It is the uncontrolled contraction of muscle...

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Scourge of the ingrown toe nail

I often see chronic spinal cord injury (SCI) patients in my clinic complaining of a sudden increase in spasticity and often the cause can be multifactorial. As I’ve noted before, it is very important to exclude some of the more common causes of increased spasticity. However, one that is often...

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Dem bones, dem dry bones…

Spinal cord injury (SCI) is frequently accompanied by joint problems, but these can often be overcome with careful management and exercise. The so-called “over-use syndromes” seen in SCI are widely known. Both in paraplegia and in independently functioning tetraplegics, the upper limb becomes the remaining functioning unit, and therefore the...

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The great cholesterol debate

How do cholesterol levels affect persons living with spinal cord injury (SCI)? The health management of individuals newly affected by SCI, along with better long-term follow-up care (particularly that of the bladder), has made a significant positive difference to their average life expectancy. This has resulted in a shift in...

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Don’t sweat it!

Injury to the spinal cord can usher in some unexpected problems. We look at one of those – body temperature! People who have a spinal cord injury (SCI) often experience abnormal sweating, and when it happens to female patients, they often wonder whether this is a symptom of menopause. That’s...

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