A Closer Look at Spaulding's Rehab Team

A Closer Look at Spaulding's Rehab Team

A Closer Look at Spaulding's Rehab Team

In a unique setup that dates back to a chapter founder doubling as the director of the rehab program at Boston’s Spaulding Rehab Hospital, the…

SH-SCI Healthcare Lecture Series

SH-SCI Healthcare Lecture Series

Healthcare lectures for those with Spinal Cord Injury

As part of our Model System of care, we are striving to provide the best quality of information to our patients. In these efforts, we…

Spring Adaptive Sports

Spring Adaptive Sports

Another great season ahead for Adaptive Sports!

With warmer weather comes another great Spring/Summer season of Spaulding's Adaptive Sports program!

Learn More about SH-SCI Research

Learn More about SH-SCI Research

Are you interested in learning more about what is happening at SH-SCI?

To learn more about research happening at SH-SCI - please contact us via our web form. We are happy to answer your questions!

Improving Bone Health in SCI - Comparative Trial

Improving Bone Health in SCI - Comparative Trial

This study compares FES Rowing and Zoledronic Acid on bone loss in SCI.

People with serious spinal cord injuries run a high risk of bone fractures. This study aims to see if adapted rowing, using electrical stimulation of…

Sclerostin and Bone Loss

Sclerostin and Bone Loss

Sclerostin is being investigated as a biomarker for bone loss in patients with SCI

This study looks at bone health in people with SCI to determine the relationship between certain proteins and bone loss during the acute phase of…

Exercise and Breathlessness

Exercise and Breathlessness

Breathlessness (dyspnea) can result in decreased ability to perform ADLs or other activities - such as exercise.

Exercise and Breathlessness (SRH) In chronic SCI, muscular weakness and paralysis result in a decreased ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs), and a…

Non-Invasive Stimulation for Pain After SCI

Non-Invasive Stimulation for Pain After SCI

Researchers are looking at the effects of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on pain.

This study is investigating a non-invasive method of brain stimulation (Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation- tDCS) for the relief of pain due to a previous spinal…

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Save the Date! - Lecture Series

Knowledge in Motion 
Evening Lecture Series

Coming Soon in Early 2015!


When: TBA

Time: 6:30-8:00pm

Location: 300 1st Ave, Charlestown, MA 02129



Breaking News

On Sept. 17, several members of the Spinal Cord Injury Program and members of the Greater Boston Chapter of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association represented Spaulding at the 11th annual Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day, held in the Great Hall – Hall of Flags at the Massachusetts State House. This annual event is organized by Massachusetts Walks Again and is a collaboration of Massachusetts Rehabilitation Facilities, consumer organizations, legislators, scientists, researchers, policy makers and advocates all working towards a goal of increasing awareness and funding for spinal cord injury.


Thank you to all the staff and volunteers who participated and made this event possible. We look forward to seeing you at next year’s event!


Adaptive Sports Program

The Adaptive Sports Program at SH-SCI provides therapeutic recreational activities – including sailing, rowing, bicycling, and skiing – for members of the disabled community. Our trained staff identifies activities most appropriate for each participant. For more information, please click here.


The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) of Massachusetts also offers many selections for adaptive sports and summertime activities. Check out their brochure below!


icon DCR Universal Access Brochure


Adaptive Sports Program


SASC is hosting adaptive Alpine skiing in-services and open houses in Charlestown and Salem!

Please come and join us!

Click Here for details: ski inservice


Knowledge In Motion - Eating Well to Prevent and Manage Secondary Conditions in SCI


Our most recent Knowledge In Motion (K.I.M.) Lecture has been posted on the web! 



On June 5th the Spaulding-Harvard Spinal Cord Injury Model System and the New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center Model System hosted a lecture and webcast featuring Joanne Smith B.A., BRT Dip, CNP and Kylie James B.Sc. (OT), CNP. They discussed the important role nutrition plays in restoring balance to your body, which enhances your body’s natural ability to heal and helps protect you from developing potentially life-threatening secondary health complications. Joanne Smith and Kylie James co-authored “Eat Well, Live Well with Spinal Cord Injury” to address the unique needs of people with SCI. This presentation includes case studies to demonstrate the positive changes that proper nutrition can have on certain conditions, such as bowel dysfunction and pressure sores.



Our attendees left with an understanding of the therapeutic role nutrition plays in the rehabilitation and long term health of individuals with SCI, and how nutrition can positively impact your independence in an easy, practical, and cost effective way.  They also became informed about the specific nutrients that can help prevent, manage, and address bowel dysfunction and pressure sores, in addition to the importance of nutritional supplementation.

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 Endless Abilities

Join us for an evening to support the growth of the Community Rowing, Inc. program.

Wednesday, October 15, 6:30pm Harry Parker Boathouse 20 Nonantum Road, Brighton, MA 02135 Hear Resolute Racing’s plans to innovate the para-rowing experience. We will also screen Endless Abilities, the recently released You’re invited as our guest along with Israeli silver-medalist Para-Rower Moran Samuel and other Para-Rowing dignitaries We hope you will be inspired to sponsor the growth of CRI’s program. Food and drink will be served by Bakers Best.

RSVP to: tracy@communityrowing.org Can’t make the event but want to contribute? Go to: https://communityrowing.org/donate

Podcast in Sports Participation for those with SCI

Former Spaulding Resident, Dr. Cheri Blauwet, has given a recent podcast on the relationship between Sports participation for individuals with SCI and employment status. She talks about her recently published article, where she found that participation in organized sports was positively associated with employment.  To listen to this podcast, please follow this link: http://www.physiatry.org/blogpost/1045767/172389/Sports-Participation-Individuals-with-Spinal-Cord-Injury-SCI

Current Research Publications

  • Baseline Brain Activity Predicts Response to Neuromodulatory Pain Treatment.

    Pain Med. 2014 Oct 7;

    Authors: Jensen MP, Sherlin LH, Fregni F, Gianas A, Howe JD, Hakimian S

    OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to examine the associations between baseline electroencephalogram (EEG)-assessed brain oscillations and subsequent response to four neuromodulatory treatments. Based on available research, we hypothesized that baseline theta oscillations would prospectively predict response to hypnotic analgesia. Analyses involving other oscillations and the other treatments (meditation, neurofeedback, and both active and sham transcranial direct current stimulation) were viewed as exploratory, given the lack of previous research examining brain oscillations as predictors of response to these other treatments.
    DESIGN: Randomized controlled study of single sessions of four neuromodulatory pain treatments and a control procedure.
    METHODS: Thirty individuals with spinal cord injury and chronic pain had [...]

National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research

Our Spinal Cord Injury Model System is funded by the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). NIDRR is a component of the Department of Education - Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) whose main mission is helping to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities.


National SCI Database

The National Spinal Cord Injury Database has been in existence since 1973 and captures data from an estimated 13% of new SCI cases in the U.S.  As part of the SCI Model System, SH-SCI contributes to this database. The NSCISC has recently released 2013 "Facts and Figures" from the National Database.

NSCISC - Facts and Figures 2013

Knowledge Translation Center

Connect with the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center
The Model System Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) has many resources available about the Spinal Cord Injury Model System, including helpful flyers and handouts about injury - and also the contact information for Model System sites nationwide.

On their website, they  list information for both consumers, and clinicians - including publications from the national sites. The MSKTC can also be found on Blogspot and Facebook.

Spaulding-Harvard Spinal Cord Injury Model System

SCI Resource of the Month

October 2014: Sexuality after SCI

It is extremely important to talk, listen, and learn about sexuality and reproductive health after SCI. Sexuality affects how we feel about ourselves and our relationships and it can mean different things to different people. For many, having a family and children is a key part of their life plan. Just as there are many ways to express sexuality after SCI, there are also many solutions to any changes that people may face. This month’s resource is intended to help you and the other people in your life understand all the options and possibilities available to enhance sexuality and maintain reproductive health after SCI.


Here is the resource page  Sexuality after SCI. Additional pamphlets on other topics may be found in our "Patient Handouts" section of the website.