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Complete Spinal Cord Injury: Causes, Recovery Outlook, and Treatment

About 32% of all spinal cord injuries result in a complete spinal cord injury, according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center. A complete spinal cord injury occurs when the spinal cord is completely severed. This results in the loss of all sensation and motor control below your level of injury. Fortunately, there is hope for […]

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Spinal Cord Injury Paralysis: How to Maximize Your Chances of Recovery

Spinal cord injury paralysis, or loss of muscle function, occurs when the brain and spinal cord cannot communicate with the affected muscles in the body. Lack of communication between the brain and muscles can lead to paraplegia (paralysis in the lower extremities) or quadriplegia (paralysis in the upper and lower extremities). The type of paralysis […]

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Signs of Recovery from Spinal Cord Injury: What to Look for & Why It Matters

Every spinal cord injury and recovery process is unique. This means that it can be hard to spot the signs of recovery from spinal cord injury since every person’s journey is different. Factors like medical history, type of spinal cord injury, level of injury, age, and overall health contribute to recovery speed. With so many […]

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Mat Exercises for Spinal Cord Injury: Promoting Safe Recovery

Mat exercises for spinal cord injury survivors are ideal because a mat helps lower the risk of falling or straining the joints. Rehabilitation exercise is an important element in spinal cord injury recovery that should be performed on a consistent basis to promote neuroplasticity (central nervous system’s ability to rewire itself) and improve mobility. After […]

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Spinal Cord Injury Shoulder Exercises: Boosting Upper Extremity Strength & Mobility

Practicing spinal cord injury shoulder exercises consistently can help increase range of motion, lengthen stiff muscles, and reduce pain. Shoulder pain is often caused by overusing the arm after a spinal cord injury. Some survivors may also experience weakness or immobility in the shoulders. If the shoulders are neglected for too long, it can create […]

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Numbness & Tingling After Spinal Cord Injury: What It Means & How to Promote Recovery

After a spinal cord injury, survivors may experience changes in sensation such as numbness and/or tingling below the level of injury. While this can raise concern, tingling after a spinal cord injury can sometimes be a sign of recovery. Changes in sensation should be taken seriously though, because numbness or tingling in the body can […]

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Aquatic Therapy for Spinal Cord Injury: Promoting Recovery with Pool Exercises

Aquatic therapy for spinal cord injury rehabilitation is an effective way to develop balance, strength, and movement patterns. Aquatic therapy is a safe form of physical therapy for survivors when supervised by a trained physical therapist. A physical therapist can provide various pool exercises for spinal cord injury suited to your ability level that can […]

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Upper Extremity Exercises for Spinal Cord Injury Survivors to Improve Mobility

After a spinal cord injury, survivors may struggle with movement in the upper extremities, which consists of the shoulder, arms, elbows, and hands. To improve function, survivors must engage in upper extremity exercises for spinal cord injury rehabilitation. This article will explore the various types of upper extremity exercises for spinal cord injury survivors, including […]

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Thoracic Spinal Cord Injury: What to Expect & How to Recover

Following a thoracic spinal cord injury, individuals experience loss of motor control and sensation in the trunk and/or legs, referred to as paraplegia. Depending on the level and severity of the spinal cord injury, the extent to which motor control and sensation are affected may vary. Some individuals may only experience weakness and difficulty with […]

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Effects of a Spinal Cord Injury: Understanding the Aftermath

The spinal cord serves as the communication pathway between the brain and the rest of the body. After an injury, the transmission of messages may be blocked or interrupted, resulting in a variety of spinal cord injury secondary effects. Understanding what spinal cord injury effects may occur can help you or your loved one take […]

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Understanding Potential Spinal Cord Injury Complications

When the spinal cord sustains an injury it can lead to motor and sensory effects such as spasticity (muscle tightness), numbness, or breathing difficulties, just to name a few. When these effects are left untreated, they can progress into more serious spinal cord injury complications. Thus, it’s important to be aware of the potential complications […]

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Lumbar Spinal Cord Injury: What to Expect After L1, L2, L3, L4, L5 SCI

A lumbar spinal cord injury can cause varying degrees of paralysis in the lower body, also known as paraplegia. With effective management strategies, individuals with lumbar spinal cord injuries can maximize their functional abilities and lead fulfilling lives. To help you understand what to expect after a lumbar spinal cord injury, this article will discuss: Definition […]

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Spinal Cord Injury Levels: A Complete Overview

The level of a spinal cord injury refers to the lowest region of the spinal cord where normal motor control and sensation exist. Knowing one’s level of injury will help individuals determine what functions may be affected after an injury. To help you understand each of the spinal cord injury levels, this article will discuss: […]

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Home Exercise Program for Spinal Cord Injury: How to Create Your Best Regimen

Once survivors transition home or into outpatient therapy, it’s crucial to find a home exercise program for spinal cord injury. Consistent rehabilitation is key to maximizing recovery after spinal cord injury.  To help you stay active, we’ve put together a guide to help you create your best home exercise program after spinal cord injury. You’ll […]

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Spinal Cord Injury Exercises: Improving Mobility After SCI

When a spinal cord injury disrupts the transmission of signals between the brain and body, spinal cord injury exercises can often help restore communication. Rehab exercises are essential for activating neuroplasticity, which is the central nervous system’s ability to rewire itself and strengthen neural pathways. When searching for spinal cord injury exercises to add to […]

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