More than 1.2 million Americans are living with paralysis from spinal cord injuries (Reeve Foundation).
What is a spinal cord injury?
According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, spinal cord injury (SCI) is the result of a bruise (contusion) or a tear (transection) in the spinal cord from a traumatic injury.
It is estimated that 12,000 new cases of SCI occur every year (Johns Hopkins Medicine).
Source: Spinal Cord Team
Occurring due to various circumstances where the neck of the spine is bent or compressed, other causes of SCI might include: birth injuries, diving activities and jumping on the trampoline (Johns Hopkins).
In order to create a home that is more accessible and functional for patients living with SCI, consider the following home modifications:
- Ramps at entryways
- Wider doorways
- Barrier-free showers
- Shower chairs and tub benches
- Low countertops in all areas of the home
- Drop-down clothing rods
Ready to learn more? Register for our monthly CEU on “Spinal Cord Injury Research: Dental Pulp Stem Cell Therapy and Osteoporosis,” presented by Leslie Morse, DO, on July 26 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.