Exercise and Breathlessness (SRH) In chronic SCI, muscular weakness and paralysis result in a decreased ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs), and a…More...
This study is investigating a non-invasive method of brain stimulation (Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation- tDCS) for the relief of pain due to a previous spinal…More...
Knowledge in Motion
Recent Progress in SCI Research in Massachusetts
When: Thursday, June 13th
The SH-SCI in Boston, MA has a diverse and active group of spinal cord injury clinicians and researchers. Our goal is to provide the best possible care for patients with spinal cord injury.
-- Click here to learn more about our SH-SCI Model System Program and Patient Care.
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The Adaptive Sports Program at SH-SCI provides therapeutic recreational activities – including sailing, rowing, bicycling, and skiing – for members of the disabled community. Our trained staff identifies activities most appropriate for each participant. For more information, please click here.
The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) of Massachusetts also offers many selections for adaptive sports and summertime activities. Check out their brochure below!
Knowledge In Motion - Emergency Preparedness
Our most recent Knowledge In Motion (K.I.M.) Lecture has been posted on the web! For those who missed our last series, Jeffrey Dougan discussed the importance of Emergency Preparedness for those with SCI. Jeffrey Dougan is the Assistant Director of Community Services for the Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD).
SH-SCI received award - RISE Above Paralysis
On March 16th, the SH-SCI Model System received an award from the Greater Boston Chapter of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association. This was an award to "honor exemplary achievements which inspire others with Spinal Cord Injury to achieve great feats"! Let us all congratulate the SH-SCI team!
Empower SCI - Rehab Program Upcoming
Empower SCI Inc. (not affiliated with Spaulding Rehab Hospital) is running a residential rehabilitation program on StonyBrook University Campus from July 14-27, 2013. This program focuses on rehabilitation and building life-skills when the patient is ready. This includes peer mentoring, therapeutic recreation, physical therapy, occupational therapy, strength and conditioning and rehabilitation counseling. For more information, see the flyer posted here - or follow them on Facebook.
Therapeutic time window of noninvasive brain stimulation for pain treatment: inhibition of maladaptive plasticity with early intervention.
Expert Rev Med Devices. 2013 May;10(3):339-52
Authors: Andrade DC, Borges I, Bravo GL, Bolognini N, Fregni F
Neuromodulatory effects of noninvasive brain stimulation (NIBS) have been extensively studied in chronic disorders such as major depression, chronic pain and stroke. However, few studies have explored the use of these techniques in acute conditions. A possible use of NIBS in acute disorders is to prevent or reverse ongoing maladaptive plastic alterations, seemingly responsible for treatment refractoriness and detrimental behavioral changes. In this review, the authors discuss the potential role of NIBS in blocking maladaptive plasticity using the transition of acute to chronic pain in conditions such as postsurgical pain, central poststroke pain, pain after spinal cord injury and pain after traumatic brain injury as a model. The authors also present suggestions for clinical trial design using NI [...]
Our Spinal Cord Injury Model System is funded by the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). NIDRR is a component of the Department of Education - Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) whose main mission is helping to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities.
The National Spinal Cord Injury Database has been in existence since 1973 and captures data from an estimated 13% of new SCI cases in the U.S. As part of the SCI Model System, SH-SCI contributes to this database. The NSCISC has recently released 2012 "Facts and Figures" from the National Database.
Connect with the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center
The Model System Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) has many resources available about the Spinal Cord Injury Model System, including helpful flyers and handouts about injury - and also the contact information for Model System sites nationwide.