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Tetraplegia Management Clinic (TMC) at MetroHealth Medical Center

The aim of the Tetraplegia Management Clinic (TMC) is to restore upper extremity function to people who have a spinal cord injury utilizing innovative techniques. To accomplish this, we provide a thorough assessment of your current physical abilities. We will take time to discover your personal goals. As a team, we collaborate with you to determine the best course of action for your rehab journey.

MSKTC Resource: Spasticity

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. We have heard growing concerns for spasticity, so we wanted to share resources on managing spasms. Spasticity is the uncontrolled […]

Nutrition for Pain

It’s estimated that 34-94% of individuals with SCI experience pain in some form or another.  Approximately 50-81% of individuals with SCI experience musculoskeletal pain, which affects your bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons.  Neuropathic pain is experienced by 29-75% musculoskeletal pain and onset usually occurs within the first few months or years following the injury. Pain […]

26th Annual MetroHealth Spinal Cord Injury Forum

By Dr. James Wilson In September 2022, the MetroHealth Rehabilitation Institute convened the 26th annual SCI Forum in partnership with the United Spinal Association Northeast Ohio Chapter. This year’s theme was “Change and Transformation.” This was the first in-person forum since 2019 and included several changes to improve inclusivity. The date of the forum was […]

Rethinking a common medication – Gabapentin

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 […]

Staying Connected for the Holidays

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 […]

MSKTC Resource: Depression

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 […]

Fall 2022 Chapter Update

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 […]

Coping in Response to Spinal Cord Injury

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 […]