Maximizing Functionality with SCI

     

    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).

     

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    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).

     

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    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

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    • Shower chairs and tub benches
    • Low countertops in all areas of the home
    • Drop-down clothing rods

    image on page for  / perceived to contain Art, Doodle, DrawingReady 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.