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…More...
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…More...
Knowledge in Motion
Coming Soon in Early 2015!
Location: 300 1st Ave, Charlestown, MA 02129
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!
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!
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
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.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
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 [...]
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.
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.
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.