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Springtime is the time of rebirth and rejuvenation. Fresh air and sunshine are the best medicine for all of us after a long and cold winter season.  We all know that!  One of the most popular activities that everyone can participate in is BIRDWATCHING!  
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As the weather warms up, our Chapter has a lot to look forward to this Spring - but first, have you checked out our blog recently?
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This past January was the 28th anniversary of my injury. It’s hard to believe that I’ve spent more than half my life in a wheelchair, though I still remember the day as if it were yesterday! There are some years that go by and I completely forget the date until it’s passed. But during this...
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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. Last newsletter, we featured the Factsheet on mental health awareness.  This month, we wanted to feature a source on adaptive...
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By: Ashley Callaway We all understand that physicians and medicine have the capability to save lives, but did you know that physical therapists are the people who give patients back their livelihood? The profession plays an important role in improving and maintaining the physical well-being of patients. There are various types of physical therapy that...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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On June 16, 2022, I was riding my e-bike to work, something that I do daily.  At the intersection of W 50th and Detroit, someone ran a stop sign and ran into me, causing my spinal cord injury.  After my acute care at MetroHealth Main Campus Hospital, I was transferred to the Rehabilitation Facility at...
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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. In previous articles, we have featured the Factsheets on Autonomic Dysreflexia, Managing Pain, Wheelchair Information, and more.  The next resource...
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