uti prevention tips

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are caused when bacteria invade the bladder or kidneys.  UTIs can also affect the ureters and urethra. People with SCI have an increased risk of developing urinary tract infection, usually caused by incomplete voiding, catheter use, and/or elevated intravesical pressure. Urinary Tract Infection Causes Most people with SCI lose regular urinary…

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bone health

Following a spinal cord injury (SCI), people can experience bone loss and muscle atrophy. Bone density decreases from the point of injury, increasing the risk of osteoporosis and fractures. While the loss of bone density is one of the most common conditions following SCI, there are several ways to manage bone health and reduce risk.…

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spinal cord injury in children

Being a parent is one of the most rewarding, joyful, and challenging things in life. When your child has a spinal cord injury (SCI) it is life-changing for the entire family. Parents want to provide their children with all the love and support they can, and there are many questions parents have after their child…

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wheelchair users etiquette

There are some experiences – both positive and negative – that only wheelchair users could understand. For people who don’t have any experience with wheelchairs, either directly or indirectly, there are some things that are helpful to know about wheelchair etiquette. Most of us want to do the right thing, and can inadvertently have a…

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effective bowel program for quadriplegic

Spinal cord injury (SCI) disrupts the way the bowel system sends signals to the brain and bowel about when the bowel needs to be emptied. When this system is disrupted the bowel no longer works like it did pre-injury, and causes complications that range from constipation to accidents. The Relationship Between the Bowel and the…

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sex, intimacy and SCI spinal cord injury. The woman and a disabled man laying on the bed. view from above

Sex and intimacy are an integral part of the development and experience of all people. Today, there is more information than ever for people with spinal cord injury (SCI) and paralysis who have questions about what their sex and intimate life will be like post-injury. It’s a common question from both men and women: can…

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Traveling with a Disability rear view of a man in wheelchair at the airport with focus on hand

People with a disability can, and do, travel all over the world. While there may be some places that, due to the terrain or location, aren’t accessible for all disabilities, with planning and preparation people with disabilities can go virtually anywhere they want! Like Thrive Advocate, Craig Kennedy, who went live from Dubai in our…

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National Disability Day Positive attractive young woman with satchel pushing wheelchair and talking to disabled student in library

“There is no one on the face of this Earth who is guaranteed living a portion of his/her life without a disability.  This should not scare you, but motivate you to learn more about this segment, which constitutes nearly 20% of the nation’s population.” – Scott Chesney, Coach & Consultant | Alliance & Thrive Advocate…

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communication in relationships

Maintaining honest communication in key relationships – even in the best of times – takes dedication, mutual trust, and vigilance.  When the challenges and stressors that accompany spinal cord injury (SCI) are added to the mix, it is more important than ever to keep open and honest lines of communication in relationships flowing. Spinal cord…

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