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...
On Sept. 17, several members of the Spinal Cord Injury Program and members of the Greater Boston Chapter of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association represented Spaulding at the 11th annual Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day, held in the Great Hall – Hall of Flags at the Massachusetts State House. This annual event is organized by Massachusetts Walks Again and is a collaboration of Massachusetts Rehabilitation Facilities, consumer organizations, legislators, scientists, researchers, policy makers and advocates all working towards a goal of increasing awareness and funding for spinal cord injury.
Thank you to all the staff and volunteers who participated and made this event possible. We look forward to seeing you at next year’s event!
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 - Eating Well to Prevent and Manage Secondary Conditions in SCI
On June 5th the Spaulding-Harvard Spinal Cord Injury Model System and the New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center Model System hosted a lecture and webcast featuring Joanne Smith B.A., BRT Dip, CNP and Kylie James B.Sc. (OT), CNP. They discussed the important role nutrition plays in restoring balance to your body, which enhances your body’s natural ability to heal and helps protect you from developing potentially life-threatening secondary health complications. Joanne Smith and Kylie James co-authored “Eat Well, Live Well with Spinal Cord Injury” to address the unique needs of people with SCI. This presentation includes case studies to demonstrate the positive changes that proper nutrition can have on certain conditions, such as bowel dysfunction and pressure sores.
Our attendees left with an understanding of the therapeutic role nutrition plays in the rehabilitation and long term health of individuals with SCI, and how nutrition can positively impact your independence in an easy, practical, and cost effective way. They also became informed about the specific nutrients that can help prevent, manage, and address bowel dysfunction and pressure sores, in addition to the importance of nutritional supplementation.
Podcast in Sports Participation for those with SCI
Former Spaulding Resident, Dr. Cheri Blauwet, has given a recent podcast on the relationship between Sports participation for individuals with SCI and employment status. She talks about her recently published article, where she found that participation in organized sports was positively associated with employment. To listen to this podcast, please follow this link: http://www.physiatry.org/blogpost/1045767/172389/Sports-Participation-Individuals-with-Spinal-Cord-Injury-SCI
Neural Markers of Neuropathic Pain Associated with Maladaptive Plasticity in Spinal Cord Injury.
Pain Pract. 2014 Aug 28;
Authors: Pascoal-Faria P, Yalcin N, Fregni F
OBJECTIVES: Given the potential use of neural markers for the development of novel treatments in spinal cord pain, we aimed to characterize the most effective neural markers of neuropathic pain following spinal cord injury (SCI).
METHODS: A systematic PubMed review was conducted, compiling studies that were published prior to April, 2014 that examined neural markers associated with neuropathic pain after SCI using electrophysiological and neuroimaging techniques.
RESULTS: We identified 6 studies: Four using electroencephalogram (EEG); 1 using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and FDG-PET (positron emission tomography); and 1 using MR spectroscopy. The EEG recordings suggested a reduction in alpha EEG peak frequency activity in the frontal regions of SCI patients with neuropathic pain. The MRI scans showed volume loss, primarily in [...]
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 2013 "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.