Paralysis

Paralysis Resources: Spinal Cord Injury

The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation   The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation              Format             Foundation                           The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding research and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy.  In1982, the American Paralysis Association was […]

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The Spina Bifida Association (SBA)

Format             Association SBA is a national voluntary health agency serving adults and children living with spina bifida through education, advocacy, research, and service. SBA has a nationwide presence through its network of chapters, defined a research agenda at a conference entitled “Evidence-Based Practice in Spina Bifida”, encourages students with spina bifida through a series of […]

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Secondary Conditions webpage of The University of Alabama at Birmingham Model SCI Care System

Funded by a grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education   Format             Webpage         This webpage provides information on and links to the Secondary Conditions of Spinal Cord Injury Health Education Video Series, an 11-part video series intended to be useful […]

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Paralysis Programs and Resources: Multiple Sclerosis

“Healthy Living with MS”   National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society   Format             On-line articles According to the webpage of the National MS Society, “wellness is a dynamic state of physical, emotional, spiritual, and social well-being that can be achieved even in the presence of a chronic illness or disability.”  For people with MS, wellness involves […]

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Paralysis Programs and Resources: Exercise

“Fitness Programs for Children with Cerebral Palsy”, presented by Diane Damiano, Maria Fragala-Pinkham, Cindy Miles, Wayne Stuberg, and  Deborah Thorpe, August, 2006 The Pediatrics Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), hosted by Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center             Format             Course   This 2-day course was developed to disseminate information following the […]

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Effects of circuit resistance training on fitness attributes and upper-extremity pain in middle-aged men with paraplegia.

OBJECTIVE: To examine the effects of circuit resistance exercise (CRT) training on muscle strength, endurance, anaerobic power, and shoulder pain in middle-aged men with paraplegia. DESIGN: Repeated testing. SETTING: Academic medical center. PARTICIPANTS: Seven men (age range, 39-58y) with motor-complete paraplegia from T5 to T12 and confirmed shoulder pain occurring during daily activities. INTERVENTIONS: Not […]

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Activity, activity, activity: rethinking our physical therapy approach to cerebral palsy.

This perspective outlines the theoretical basis for the presentation with the same name as the second part of this title, which was given at the III STEP conference in July 2005. It elaborates on the take-home message from that talk, which was to promote activity in children and adults with cerebral palsy and other central […]

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Effective intervention strategies for management of impaired posture and fatigue with post-polio syndrome: a case report.

This case report describes effective intervention strategies that included gait training with the use of an acceptable, assistive device for the management of impaired posture and fatigue associated with post-polio syndrome. Review of videotaped gait-training sessions enhanced patient compliance with the assistive device, a single forearm crutch. The 49-year-old female acquired childhood polio with resulting […]

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The effects of single bouts of body-weight supported treadmill training on the feeling states of people with spinal cord injury.

STUDY DESIGN: Pre-test, post-test study of the relationship between exercise-related changes in feeling states and pain among persons with chronic incomplete spinal cord injury (SCI) who performed three separate exercise sessions consisting of body-weight supported treadmill training (BWSTT). OBJECTIVES: To determine whether exercise-related changes in feeling states are related to exercise-related changes in pain and […]

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Development and qualitative assessment of the GAME(Cycle) exercise system.

Increased physical activity is important for reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. However, among people with disabilities, inactivity is prevalent. In order to encourage exercise among members of this group, an exercise system combining arm ergometry with video gaming, called the GAME(Cycle) was previously developed. User input was received through an arm crank ergometer on […]

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