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Colostomy: Pros and Cons

Colostomy: Pros and Cons

The word inspires fear, but the practical benefits may be worth it.

Healing the Crooked Spine: Solving Posture Problems

Healing the Crooked Spine: Solving Posture Problems

Our bodies may be bent, but changing habits and getting the right aids and equipment can make a difference.

7 Tips for Avoiding SCI Health Complications

7 Tips for Avoiding SCI Health Complications

Avoiding spinal cord injury health complications requires staying healthy in the first place — and the key to that is prudent maintenance: 1. Take Care of the Skin You’re In: Ignore any skin puncture or abrasion at your peril and know you are flirting with disaster. Unattended problems, pressure points or wounds — especially on […]

E-Stim for Wellness

E-Stim for Wellness

E-stim, whether employed in FES cycling or an exciting new application of rowing exercise, offers health benefits that can improve our lives in very real ways.

Strategies for Managing Disability-Related Pain

Strategies for Managing Disability-Related Pain

Pain — whether related to spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, amputation, neuromuscular disease, post-polio sequelae, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy or other conditions — is the jealous mistress of disability, and it can be brutal. Three of four with SCI report it, about the same as amputees and phantom limb pain. More than half of those […]

Nutrition & Supplements

Nutrition & Supplements

Wheelers deal with a variety of common maladies — ranging from inflammatory pain to constipation — and often come to rely on prescription drugs or over-the-counter remedies. However, both of these approaches have drawbacks and dangers, some of which can be bypassed or mitigated with proper nutrition and/or supplements. Perhaps the best advice comes from […]

All in the Family: Dealing With Dysfunction

All in the Family: Dealing With Dysfunction

Think of a family as a mobile hanging from the ceiling. Moving one of the hanging objects sets all the others in motion. Onset of disability can set every family member careening off on a different trajectory. While it’s a cliché to say that disability happens to an entire family, its impact can be enormous, […]

Anne Herman and her husband, Paul, try to look at positive aspects of age-related change. Initially troubled by the need for attendant care, Anne, C6-7, now welcomes it because it allows her to keep swimming.

Spinal Cord Injury and Aging

The oft-cited sentiment regarding aging states that getting old is not for sissies. Let’s add another: Inside every old person is a young one trying to figure out what the hell happened. For wheelers, aging is something of a juggling act, attempting to maintain and balance tolerable levels of health and function, along with a […]

Staying Positive: How to Survive Medical Complications

Staying Positive: How to Survive Medical Complications

When medical complications intrude, we feel an oppressive weight on our bodies and minds. The thought of having to spend time down in bed can drain our hope. But there are things we can do to stay positive.

Painting by Tony Noguiera

Overcoming Depression

Hang out at a rehab hospital for any amount of time and you’ll probably overhear some iteration of the following comments: “He’s paralyzed and needs to use a wheelchair — of course he’s depressed! What do you expect? Who wouldn’t be depressed?” Conventional wisdom, which is widespread and dies hard, holds many misconceptions regarding the […]