Expected outcomes: what you should know a guide for people with T1-T9 spinal cord injury
|Who Should Read This Guide? • People with T1–9 complete spinal cord injury (SCI). • Family, friends, personal care attendants, and other caregivers. • Health-care professionals, especially rehabilitation staff. • Case managers and payers of services and equipment. This consumer guide is based on the clinical practice guideline about outcomes following traumatic SCI currently available for health-care professionals. Why Is This Guide Important? This is one in a series of eight guides that describe outcomes according to level of injury. This Guide deals with a complete T1–9 SCI—injury between the first and ninth thoracic spinal cord segments with complete paralysis below the level of injury. The purpose of this series of guides is to describe what people with different levels of SCI can reasonably expect for daily functions. This information can help people with SCI and those who care for and about them to understand the present and plan for the future. It explains important information that can be useful to you, like: • What can a person with SCI expect to do one year after injury? • What help will be needed with daily life tasks at home, at work, and in the community? • What equipment can help make a person with SCI more independent? A Guide for People with Spinal Cord Injury 3 A spinal cord injury (SCI) is damage to the spinal cord resulting in a loss of movement or feeling. The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that runs through the bones making up the spinal column. The spinal cord does not have to be totally cut or torn for a loss of functioning to occur. On the other hand, a person can “break their back or neck,” and not have a spinal cord injury if only the bones around the spinal cord (vertebrae) were damaged and the spinal cord was not affected. In these situations, the individual may not have paralysis after the bones are stabilized. Rings of bone called vertebra surround the spinal cord. These « back bones » make up the spinal column. The higher the injury to the spinal cord, the more people usually experience activity limitations. The vertebrae in the neck are called cervical vertebrae. The top vertebra is C1; the next is C2, and so on. Below the cervical vertebrae are the thoracic, lumbar, and sacral vertebrae. Thoracic spinal cord injuries usually cause loss of function in legs, or paraplegia.
|Gale Whiteneck, Carole Adler, Sharon Blackburn, Robert D. Hendricks, Kelly Johnson et collaborateurs
|Titre de revue/journal, volume et numéro
|Consortium for Spinal Cord Medicine. Clinical practice guidelines.
|Langue de la publication et/ou de traduction
|Anglais (langue d’origine)
|Année de parution
|Paralyzed Veterans of America
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