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Nutrition for Cardiovascular Health

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a serious and life-threatening condition for those living with spinal cord injuries (SCI).  Studies show that CVD occurs more often in individuals with SCI and at an earlier age than the non-SCI population.  The leading factors for the increased risk are changes in your cardiovascular system due to SCI and nutrient […]

Post-Acute Sequalae of COVID-19 – “Long COVID” 

By Dr. Christina Oleson The role of physical medicine and rehabilitation in both the acute presentation of COVID-19 and the subsequent acute hospitalization and rehabilitation is integral to the care of those with post-acute sequelae of COVID-19, now named “PASC”, or in lay terms, “long COVID”.  According to the World Health Organization, the term PASC […]

Ryan Shazier Fund for Spinal Rehabilitation

Do you need help related to your spinal cord injury?  The Ryan Shazier Fund may be a resource for you.  Ryan Shazier, a former Pittsburgh Steelers football player, had a spinal injury during a game in 2017.  With quick access to care, much rehabilitation, and persevering over many obstacles, he was fortunate to experience significant recovery and decided to pay it forward by starting a foundation.  The Ryan Shazier Fund for Spinal Rehabilitation has the mission to “give those with spinal cord injuries (SCIs) and their caregivers the support, resources and funding they need to live independent and meaningful lives.”  Individuals that live in eastern Ohio, western Pennsylvania, and northern West Virginia may be eligible for various programs highlighted below.

A Guide to Inpatient Rehabilitation

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. In previous articles, we have featured the Factsheets on Autonomic Dysreflexia, Managing Pain, Wheelchair Information, and more.  The next resource […]

Exercise in the Winter

By: Ashley Callaway  As the winter season unfolds, many people may find it challenging to maintain an active lifestyle. The colder temperatures and shorter days can make the idea of exercise seem less appealing. However, staying active during the winter is crucial for our overall well-being and happiness.  One great thing about 2024 is that […]

Member Spotlight: Greg Johnson

In a split second my life changed. Just like that I was waiting for an ambulance. The whole time wondering why I couldn’t move anything below my neck. Nine hours later I was out of surgery that repaired my 3rd-5th vertebrae in my neck, needing rods on both sides of my neck. I thank God for those surgeons everyday and couldn’t imagine where I’d be without the staff and doctors at MetroHealth. The rehab doctors were always so encouraging and intelligent that it prepared me mentally for this new life.