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Rehabilitation and Spinal Injuries

From Dickibus:-

To all my friends: Don't restrict yourselves. What is good for a TBI (like me) is often applicable to a paraplegic, and vice versa; what an epilectic is looking for may be in either page - or both! So surf away in them without feeling "not at home". These pages ARE your home.

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Spinal Heath

A site devoted to helping you, the individual, get the most out of your spine, whether it be injured or not.  I have not surfed it in detail, but that is what it honestly looks like.  So I hope a lot of you will follow the link (click the title) and learn, learn, and learn - whilst throwing away the doubts and fears with the positive act of KNOWING!


Spinal Chord Regeneration Programs
Four of them!

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1) The International Spine Injury Centre

The following was received by email whilst I was on holiday. I offer it to you all for what it is: a message of a new treatment that may (or may not) solve the ills of some sufferers - and, indeed, their carers!

You should check out our Home Page at:


We offer something that others have only dreamed about... Spinal Cord
International Spinal Cord Injury Center
Kirk Kryger
"No electrons were harmed in the production of this message"


2) Also on Regeneration:-

The Mike Utley Foundation also claims to be leading in the search for regenerating spinal chord tissue, but only claims laboratory success and likewise, and is generally (in my opinion) more conservative in it's approach than the above.


Listing of all medical problems

Health Information Resources: Keyword Listing is not specific for Spinal injuries, or even any particular sort of medical problem. It provides a searchable databse of over 120,000 resources that can be contacted - I don't know if they are all web pages, but I doubt it. At any rate, it was worth including here.

UK Insurance Group for Disabled

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The Disabled Persons Insurance Services have opened near Bradford, England. They will, in due time, have their own Web Page, but it's not up and running yet. So I'll content myself with giving you their address in the UK, and include the link when they're up.

Well, that WAS the situation, but it could have changed by now!  Check and see....


Their address is:-

Disabled Persons Insurance Services
9 King Street
Nr Bradford
BD11 1AA

University of Washington

Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System

The Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System (NWRSCIS), centered at the University of Washington's Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, is one of 18 model spinal cord injury (SCI) centers funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research to pool knowledge and resources and provide specialized care to persons with SCI.

NWRSCIS goals include providing state-of-the-art medical, surgical, rehabilitation, and long-term follow-up care to Northwest residents with SCI; participation in the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, which collects and combines data from all 18 Model SCI centers; and conducting research into various aspects of SCI diagnosis and care.

The NWRSCIS also produces a newsletter, Spinal Cord Injury Update, for health care professionals and consumers throughout the region, and a series of informational pamphlets for consumers with spinal cord injury.

Catherine Britell, specialist in Rehab

Catherine Britell, M.D is a specialist in Rehabilitation, and especially on the Rehab. of partly or totally paralyzed "cases" (for want of a better term - sorry, lads!). There is special attention given to spinal injuries, Multiple Sclerosis, and rehab in the workplace.



Intelligent Prosthetics for paraplegics

Technology. for [spinal injuries] paraplegics gives a ray of hope. New technology is not here yet, but coming (that's how I read it) where the nerve signals are detected above the injury, and then used to stimulate walking muscles in the legs. It's apparently very possible, but very tiring for the patient, so the use is probably [reach steps; get up, carry chair up; sit down again and carry on].

Nevertheless, it looks exiting stuff.

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South California Orthopedics Institute

I'm going to have to create an index section soon, now, where was I, oh yes! South California Orthopedic Institute carries two links that I'd like to show you - the first to the whole Institute's Home Page and the second is about a general description of themselves.

The Southern California Orthopedic Institute (SCOI) provides high-quality medical care to patients from around the globe. SCOI is also a leading educator of medical professionals worldwide on orthopedic disorders and surgery technique. The SCOI Web site offers a wide variety of informational resources on anatomy, sports injuries and orthopedic procedures for the education of the general public.


Craig Hospital

(Speciality in Rehab and therapies, including speech)

[snipped from Craig Hospital's Page - thanks] A facility that specializes in spinal cord or brain injury rehabilitation has the most highly trained, experienced staff and most fully developed rehabilitation program. At a specialty center, all resources are devoted to spinal cord and brain injury treatment. Because of the large number of patients with similar injuries, specialized programs not found in general rehabilitation facilities can be offered.

In many cases, costs are about the same or lower than those of general rehabilitation programs.

How do You Identify a Quality Program?
Every hospital offers something of value to you, but it's vitally important you find the best program for your needs. The most beneficial facilities provide a comprehensive system of care to the patient during the acute and rehabilitation phases as well as a life-time of follow-up care. Look for a treatment program that includes medical and nursing services; occupational, physical, speech, and recreational therapy; counseling and social services; educational and instructional programs; and the follow-up services that are essential to good health maintenence. Look for a facility where a significant number of individuals are being treated for injuries similar to yours. This last point is particularly important, since, in health care, quantity can be an important indicator of quality.

Specialists who focus on one type of injury are typically the best at treating patients with that injury.

Centre for Injury Research and Control

"Many Americans, when asked what image comes to mind when confronted with the word "injury," will reply: emergency room. This, of course, is natural. The nature of injuries requires immediate medical attention, no matter whether the injury is from a motor vehicle crash, a firearm, a burn, or a fall. What this image underscores, however, is the public's interest in the treatment of injury rather than in its prevention. In recent years, the medical community and the public have focused on prevention of chronic diseases, such as heart disease and high blood pressure, through proper diet, stress reduction, and exercise, thereby eliminating or reducing the need for treatment. It is time to do the same for injuries."

Injury Control in the 1990s: A National Plan for Action. A report to the Second World Conference on Injury Control, May 1993.


The Visible Human Project

[snipped from the US National Library of Medicine - thanks.}

The Visible Human Project is an outgrowth of the NLM's 1986 Long-Range Plan. It is creating a complete, anatomically detailed, three-dimensional representations of the male and female human body. The current phase of the project is collecting transverse CAT, MRI and cryosection images of representative male and female cadavers at one millimeter intervals.

The long-term goal of the Visible Human Project is to produce a system of knowledge structures on the Web that will transparently link visual knowledge forms to symbolic knowledge formats such as the names of body parts.


The Centre for Disease Control (CDC)


This link gives a long list of diseases, where they are found, etc.   Useful for many people about to travel.  Going back one stage to cdc.gov gives the entire gamut of CDC's operations.


Internet Resources in General

Available, via the Web and via Usenet, are Stephanie de Sylva's List of Lists. This literally aims to include every mailing list in the Internet, and, to aid the viewer, is searchable on the Web by keywords.



The Trace Centre

The Trace Center was formed in 1971 to address the communication needs of people who are non-speaking and have severe disabilities. Since then, the center has expanded its scope to cover "communication" in a broader sense.


Department of Veteran's Affairs, USA

Dept. of Veteran's Affairs

The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research

These people have published their directory of projects on the 'Net via http://www.ed.gov/offices/OSERS/NIDRR/. Their work covers a lot of NARIC's activities, and an evening spent starting with this directory just might produce something of personal interest. But be prepared to spend time browsing.

Institute for Independant Living


The Institute on Independent Living offers free Internet online services for people with disabilities

The Institute on Independent Living serves self-help organizations of disabled people working for self-determination and self-respect. We provide information, educational materials and technical support in the area of Independent Living, operate an online library on Disability Rights and Independent Living, particularly on personal assistance, peer support, international issues, accessibility. We also run a number of useful free services.