Improving the quality of life with educational and recreational opportunities for individuals with spinal cord injuries.

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Written by Dr. Kimberly Anderson The Northeast Ohio Regional Spinal Cord Injury System (NORSCIS) provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to the care of individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI), is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), and is based at MetroHealth.  Two key requirements of funding are to provide...
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As the winter months come upon us, so will winter weather.  For many wheelchair users, and others with disabilities, winter weather could mean isolation from the community due to the barriers the snow (or other weather conditions) creates.  With the advances in technology, social media, and video streaming apps, there are ways of staying connected...
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As the weather turns colder and the days become shorter and shorter, we would like to spotlight a Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) Resource Factsheet about Depression.  Along with the factsheet, MSKTC has nine “quick reviews” all relating to depression and spinal cord injury.   Depression affects about one in five individuals living with a...
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With 2022 wrapping up, so are our in-person events for the year.  We had many great events return to our programming this year and are excited to start planning next year.   This year began with a partnership with Adaptive Sports of Ohio in doing a sled hockey clinic and moved into its first fundraiser at...
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By Dr. Felicia Fraser, PhD Individuals who acquire spinal cord injuries face major challenges that impact functioning in a variety of settings, including at home and in the community. Researchers estimate that the prevalence of psychiatric disorders among individuals with spinal cord injury ranges from approximately 25 to 30 percent, though some studies have found...
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In December of 2020, I was in a serious car accident. My vehicle veered off the road, into a ditch, rolled multiple times, and I was ejected 30 feet from the car. I was taken to the emergency room, and upon their findings, I had 4 broken ribs, a broken sternum, punctured lungs, a ligament...
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The Model System Knowledge and Translation Center (MSKTC) is a national center that helps facilitate the knowledge translation process to make research meaningful to those with Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Burn Injury.  Some people with SCI may experience problems moving waste through their colon, passing a stool when they do not want...
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With the talk of recreational opportunities may come the thought of the pain and fatigue afterward.  In our past newsletters, we have outlined some nutritional tips to fight depression and maintaining respiratory health.  In this article, I will share with you some tips to optimize your energy level so you can maximize your ability to...
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On August 4, 2022, the MetroHealth System, home to the Northeast Ohio Regional Spinal Cord Injury System (NORSCIS), recognized physicians and research scientists for outstanding achievement in clinical care, excellence in teaching, and exemplary skills in leadership and/or advocacy. From a faculty of over 750 individuals, the following four contributors to spinal cord injury care...
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Written by: Kim Anderson, PhD Everyone with a spinal cord injury (SCI) will experience some sort of problem with their bowels – their ability to go pooh. It has been known for many years that people living with SCI consider bowel control as one of the most difficult issues to manage and one of the...
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