Paralysis and Colonoscopies

While people with spinal cord injury (SCI) are not at greater risk for colon cancer than able-bodied people, studies have shown the people with SCI are less likely to get routine screenings due to apprehension about colonoscopy preparation and the risk of autonomic dysreflexia.1 “When I was nearing 50 years of age, I knew that…
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SCI awareness month

September is SCI Awareness Month

September is national SCI Awareness Month. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center’s “Facts and Figures at a Glance 2020”, there are approximately 296,000 Americans currently living with SCI, and about 17,900 new cases each year. People with SCI can live full, productive, and rewarding lives. To do so, it’s essential that they…
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Bowel care personal journey

Bowel Care Mini Series: Personal Journey

Welcome to the third monthly episode of our Bowel Care Mini Series, hosted in the Enemeez Thrive Facebook Community and led by Thrive Advocate, Scott Chesney. In this episode, Scott interviews Ryan Gebauer with Quest Healthcare, a Division of Quest Products, LLC on his personal journey. Hear about what has changed since Ryan’s injury over…
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bowel care

Bowel Care Mini Series: Autonomic Dysreflexia

Welcome to the second monthly episode of our Bowel Care Mini Series, hosted in the Enemeez Thrive Facebook Community and led by Thrive Advocate, Scott Chesney. In this episode, Scott interviews Margaret Swantko & Ryan Gebauer with Quest Healthcare, a Division of Quest Products, LLC on Autonomic Dysreflexia. Understand the different types of autonomic dysreflexia,…
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pressure injuries

Bowel Care Mini Series: Pressure Injuries

Welcome to the first monthly episode of our Bowel Care Mini Series, hosted in the Enemeez Thrive Facebook Community and led by Thrive Advocate, Scott Chesney. In this episode, Scott interviews Beth Householder with Quest Healthcare, a Division of Quest Products, LLC on Pressure Injuries. Understand the different types of pressure injuries, symptoms, prevention and…
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The Best Wheelchair Accessible Beaches

The long days of winter are over, and spring is here! As the weather gets warmer, it’s fun to think about hitting the beach this summer. For mobility-impaired people the beach can be slightly overwhelming. It helps to find beaches that are wheelchair accessible to make your day by the water as stress-free and fun…
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Young cerebral palsy patient

How to Care for a Paralyzed Person at Home

Caregiving for a loved one is one of the most powerful ways to help someone with limited mobility or paralysis. It helps people live fuller, healthier, more connected, and independent lives. While being a caregiver may not be something you chose, or ever thought you’d do, life sometimes has other plans. It can feel overwhelming…
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disabled Young man in electric wheelchair on a boardwalk enjoying his freedom and observing nature

Skin Hygiene and Spinal Cord Injury

Skin is the largest organ in the body and though we may not think about it often, skin plays an important role in overall health and wellness, particularly for people with spinal cord injury (SCI). Skin protects the body from germs and illness in many important ways. In addition to controlling body temperature in both…
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urinary infection prevention

Urinary Infection Prevention, Neurogenic Bowel & SCI

  According to an article published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), many people with spinal cord injury (SCI) face problems with urinary stasis due to neurogenic bladder. Neurogenic bladder refers to any changes in bladder function that occur due to spinal cord injury. Depending on your level of injury, two general kinds…
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Physical therapist working with male patient with spinal cord injury (SCI)

National Spinal Cord Injury Centers

After a spinal cord injury (SCI) it’s important to access a rehabilitation center that can optimize your recovery, but it can be difficult to know where to start. When selecting a spinal rehab center, proximity to where you live is a key factor to consider, but it’s also important to be sure the rehabilitation center…
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