Category Archives: SCI Care

If you are new to the world of SCI, read these first!

Cushion your fall!


Recently, we had a reader asking about how to get a person with quadriplegia up from a fall… If you were wondering the same thing, check out this article from Active Forever:

Lifting Cushions Provide Assistance When the Elderly Fall.

Important Transfer Techniques


When it comes to caring for patients, knowing how to adapt and work with various abilities is important- especially when it comes to mobility.  There are few really good articles on how to transfer a patient safely (while saving your own back) but the ALS/MDA Organization has a great one.  Here’s the link to the page:

http://www.als-mda.org/publications/everydaylifeals/ch7/

Hope it’s helpful!

Understanding Quad vs Para


As a person with a spinal cord injury, I get a lot of questions and looks.  Many people are curious about the adaptive equipment I use, like my “sport” wheelchair (hehe, love that one!) or the hand controls on my truck, but people are almost always surprised to learn that I am a quadriplegic.  “What?! But you can move your arms!”  Paralysis, in many ways, may not be what most expect. Read the rest of this entry

Quadriplegia & Body Temperature Regulation


Did you know that many people with high-level spinal cord injuries cannot regulate their body temperature? Not only that but their bodies do not sweat to cool down or shiver to warm up. It can be a pain in the butt for a person just wanting to get out of the house in the middle of summer or winter. For caregivers, why this happens, how to avoid hypo- and hyperthermia is extremely important (pretty much as important as how to manage autonomic dysreflexia). Even more important than that is how to treat someone who has become overheated or under heated. The excerpt below from Apparelyzed explains what is know as poikilothermia, or variable body temperature.

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SCI function


This article was borrowed from The Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Foundation. For this and more articles related to paralysis, please visit www.christopherreeve.org or www.paralysis.org


The location of the spinal cord injury dictates the parts of the body that are affected. After a complete examination, the doctor will assign a level of injury. The doctor will also determine if the injury is complete or incomplete. The level of injury and function may change; the initial level of injury may not be the same level upon discharge to rehabilitation. It is important to remember that these are general guidelines and that individual outcomes will vary. Read the rest of this entry
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