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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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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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Welcome to our new Roundtable Discussion Column. In this column, we interview people living with spinal cord injuries and ask about their tips, tricks, and learning experiences. We want to elevate the conversation around spinal cord injury from being resilient to being relevant. We have asked Don Johnston, Dr. Kim Anderson, Blake Perkins, and Mark...
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Written by: Megan Hammond, President USANEO Chapter Lots of updates with our local Chapter!! The United Spinal Association Northeast Ohio Chapter has been hard at work restarting its Community Event Ticket Program and bringing in-person social events for the first time since 2020. We continue to hold virtual monthly meetings on the 3rd Monday of...
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