These websites provide consumer education sheets on care and medical information for individuals with spinal cord injuries. Here you’ll find family-friendly material on subjects ranging from caregiving, coping, and adjustment, to medical information on skin care, bladder and bowel care, tips for returning to work and selecting a wheelchair, and other pertinent information. These materials undergo expert and consumer reviews to ensure they are up-to-date, evidence-based, and consumer-friendly.
Autonomic dysreflexia (AD), with its sudden and severe rise in blood pressure, is a potentially life-threatening condition that can occur in anyone with a spinal cord injury at or above thoracic level six (T6). The resolution of AD requires quick and decisive treatment. Spinal cord medicine health-care providers are very familiar with the diagnosis and treatment of AD. However, because of the rapid onset of AD and the potentially severe symptoms, individuals with this condition are often rushed to the nearest health-care facility that may be staffed by health-care providers who have little or no experience in the treatment of AD. This is a free electronic publication.