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Spinal Cord Injury Factsheets – Wheelchair Information

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Spinal Cord Injury Factsheets – Wheelchair Information

Model Systems Knowledge Translation System offers an outstanding three part series aimed at familiarizing people with a spinal cord injury on need to know wheelchair information.

The wheelchair is a complex piece of equipment that has been extensively engineered and studied. Most individuals with SCI become wheelchair experts because doing so increases their chances of getting a wheelchair that truly meets their needs. So, it is critical to get help.

While it is not possible to teach you all there is to know in a single handout, these 3 factsheets include some of the most important information.

The Three Elements Of The Series Are:

Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injury can result in paralysis of the muscles used for breathing; paralysis and/or loss of feeling in all or some of the trunk, arms, and legs; weakness; numbness; loss of bowel and bladder control; and numerous secondary conditions including respiratory problems, pressure sores, and sometimes fatal spikes in blood pressure. Approximately 12,000 new spinal cord injuries occur in the U.S. each year. A majority of injuries occur from motor vehicle accidents, falls, work-related accidents, sports injuries, and penetrations such as stab or gunshot wounds.

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United Spinal’s Ask Us program connects you with information, resources, and access to our “Ask Us Spinal Cord Central” help center. Browse the Knowledge Books below for answers to your questions. If you can’t find what you are looking for just Ask Us and one of our knowledgeable staff will provide you with answers.