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People with SCI Who Are More Mobile May Experience Less Pain

A spinal cord injury (SCI) is damage anywhere along the spinal cord, usually from an accident or other trauma. An SCI can cause paralysis below the waist (paraplegia) or above the waist (tetraplegia). More than 80% of people with SCI experience chronic pain. This pain may be caused by nerves “misfiring” through the damaged part of the spinal cord and sending pain signals to the brain. Previous studies have shown that being physically mobile may help reduce chronic pain after an injury.


Large Burns Can Cause Lasting Movement Problems, Long-Term Rehabilitation Interventions May Help

Each year, about half a million Americans are treated for burn-related injuries. A burn injury commonly results from a fire, but can also be caused by contact with hot liquids, electricity, or chemicals. Large burns are those that cover at least 30% of a person’s body. They can cause lasting damage to bones, joints or muscles in the burned area. This damage may lead to challenges with activities of daily living. In a recent NIDILRR-funded study, researchers looked at the most common movement-related problems that persist after a large burn injury.


Survey Shows the Majority of People with Mobility Disabilities May Not Be Living in Accessible Homes

People with mobility disabilities have difficulty standing, walking, or climbing stairs. Mobility aids, such as wheelchairs and scooters, allow people with mobility disabilities to get around and be more active in their communities. However, some people may be living in homes that do not meet their needs. Home features like stairs and narrow doorways make homes less accessible for mobility aid users. Living in an inaccessible home can make it harder for people with mobility disabilities to live, work, and participate in their communities.


RehabWire - Volumen 4, Número 3, junio 2002.


RehabWire para junio destaca la investigación y los recursos para “moverse.” Conducir es considerado por muchos clave para la independencia.

Los Proyectos de NIDRR: La Investigación en el Nuevo Milenio.

El Sistema Modelo de Missouri sobre la Lesión Cerebral Traumática (MOMBIS)Universidad de Missouri/Columbia (H133A980008) dirigido por Brick Johnstone, PhD. Theresa San Agustín, MD, Director del Proyecto.

RehabWire - Vol 4, No 3, June 2002.


RehabWire for June highlights research and resources for "getting around." Driving is considered by many to be a key to independence.

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