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…

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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…

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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!

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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!

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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Breaking News

The Spaulding-Harvard Spinal Cord Injury Model System collaborated with the Burn Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems to host our first annual Injury Prevention and Health Promotion Fair on July 12, 2014. There were nearly 20 different exhibitors and over 250 attendees on this splendid summer afternoon. Children and adults alike engaged in fun games and activities! Everyone was treated to refreshing snacks, important information, and interactive giveaways. Sparky the Fire Dog and the Teddy Bear Clinic hosted by the Spaulding Pediatrics Program were particularly big hits!

For a complete listing of the exhibitors and their websites, please visit the Boston-Harvard Burn Injury Model System website at www.bh-bims.org.

 

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

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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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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

  • Neural Markers of Neuropathic Pain Associated with Maladaptive Plasticity in Spinal Cord Injury.

    Pain Pract. 2014 Aug 28;

    Authors: Pascoal-Faria P, Yalcin N, Fregni F

    Abstract
    OBJECTIVES: Given the potential use of neural markers for the development of novel treatments in spinal cord pain, we aimed to characterize the most effective neural markers of neuropathic pain following spinal cord injury (SCI).
    METHODS: A systematic PubMed review was conducted, compiling studies that were published prior to April, 2014 that examined neural markers associated with neuropathic pain after SCI using electrophysiological and neuroimaging techniques.
    RESULTS: We identified 6 studies: Four using electroencephalogram (EEG); 1 using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and FDG-PET (positron emission tomography); and 1 using MR spectroscopy. The EEG recordings suggested a reduction in alpha EEG peak frequency activity in the frontal regions of SCI patients with neuropathic pain. The MRI scans showed volume loss, primarily in [...]

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

August 2014: Bladder Management and SCI

When it comes to managing your bladder, there isn’t just one program that works for everyone. Injury levels vary, as do the effects of nerve trauma on bladder function. There are many factors involved in establishing your bladder management program, such as your lifestyle and personal preference. This month’s resource is here to help you develop a program that you feel comfortable with, one that protects your health, independence, and quality of life.

Here is the resource page for Bladder Management and  SCI. Additional pamphlets on other topics may be found in our "Patient Handouts" section of the website.