The Spinal Cord Injury and Bowel Function hot topic module consists of a suite of free resources—videos, a factsheet, and a narrated slideshow—to explain how a bowel program can help people with SCI control bowel movements and avoid surgery. It is available to the public from MSKTC. Click here to watch the video.

Bowel Function After Spinal Cord Injury
Developed by Gianna Rodriguez, MD in collaboration with the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center.  Click here to read it http://www.archives-pmr.org/article/S0003-9993(15)01146-6/fulltext

Pressure Ulcer Preventative Care Video

An introduction to the importance of pressure relief in preventing skin ulcers after spinal cord injury.  Watch Video.

Eating Well to Prevent and Manage Secondary Conditions in SCI

A practical guide to address secondary health complications in SCI through nutrition.
Presenters: Joanne Smith B.A., BRT Dip., CNP and Kylie James, B.Sc., O.T., CNP

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Shattered Dreams

An award-winning video Shattered Dreams, is promoted by the University of Michigan's Department of Neurosurgery as part of an injury prevention effort. This movie is a PSA to spread the word about swimming and diving safety and the risks of SCI. For more information:http://www.evolution-media.com/s_shattered-dreams.php

A Spinal Cord Injury Affects the Entire Family

FacingDisability.com was created to connect families who suddenly have to deal with a spinal cord injury with other people like them. This website has more than 1,000 videos of family members answering real-life questions about how they cope with a spinal cord injury. It's a first-of-its-kind Internet-based effort to collect life experiences surrounding spinal cord injuries and bring them to the world. They even have an app!  Click here.

Back Care Booklet

MHealthy and the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation- Spine Program have created this back care booklet for people who are in the early weeks of low back pain, whether it's the first time or has happened before. Nearly everyone experiences back pain at some point. The good news is that it's usually not serious, and there are many simple things you can do to feel better.

Back In Life

In July of 2005, Zack Weinstein was canoeing with a group of friends down the Saco River, in Maine. While jumping into a shallow part of the river, Zack broke his neck. At nineteen-years-old he became a C5-C6 Quadriplegic. In service to others facing life-altering injuries Smooth Feather Productions teamed up with Zack to create "BACK IN LIFE with the hope that by sharing Zack's powerful experiences, the film may provide others with needed strength in an oftentimes daunting struggle.

Use this online resource from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to find mental health treatment facilities and programs near you. Help is available for people with limited resources who can't afford to pay for services. For more information about mental and behavioral health services in your state visit SAMHSA's Frequently Asked Questions section.

Charting a new course: The Guide to Independent Living after Spinal Cord Injury

Collection of Factsheets offered by the MSKTC to Support Individuals Living With Spinal Cord Injury.

The Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) offers a variety of free resources on spinal cord injury (SCI) to support people with disabilities and their caregivers, researchers, practitioners and clinicians, and policy makers. Attached is a link to a booklet of their SCI Factsheets as of August 2013

Kids helping kids: Introducing the Mott Kids4Kids video series. Debut video features Mott patients talking about adjusting to scars and other physical differences

The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Secondary Conditions in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) at Medical University of South Carolina released a comprehensive report from the State of the Science of Prevention and Management of Secondary Health Conditions in People After Spinal Cord Injury (PDF). The report presents recommendations for the prevention and management of secondary health conditions in SCI.

The University of Michigan Spinal Cord Injury Model System (UM SCIMS) is always striving to provide both quality and relevant information for those living with SCI, their families, clinicians and the community at large. Please take a moment to complete a brief survey to help us evaluate how we are doing.

Description: an with computerFor people with an interest in disability-related issues, resources are increasingly becoming easy to access. There is a wide variety of written, audio and interactive materials available for consumers and disability professionals alike. We at the U-M Spinal Cord Injury Model System provide a number of these resources, such as our SCI Access newsletter and our Resource Guide. Community resources are available in Michigan and throughout the United States. You can find many other resources on the Internet.

We have a lot of information available to you about spinal cord injury through Health Topics A-Z. Type spinal cord injury in the blank search area, and click Search.

Fact/Check Sheets

Free Fitness and Nutrition Series from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation
The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation have created a Nutrition and Fitness series to help those living with paralysis learn how to feel better and improve their health. Add your name and a contact email to the provided link and once a week over a 6-week period, you will receive a brief newsletter containing helpful  information on healthy eating and physical activity. This series has been designed by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to promote better health for individuals living with paralysis. EVERYONE can make progress on the journey to a healthier lifestyle! Even the smallest changes can make big differences! There is no charge or obligation to join this online series.

Video on Traveling for Wheelchair Users
This video, provided by Delta airlines, gives an overview of what  wheelchair users can expected at the airport.




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