SCI: Ask the Doctor

Exercise and SCI: 

Ask the Doctor is a project funded by the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on SCI: Promoting Health & Preventing Complications through Exercise 

A project of the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Collaboration with ILRU a program of Memorial Hermann|TIRR. 

Ask the Doctor is your newest resource for healthy living and medical inquiries. 

Ask the Doctor located at http://www.ilru.org/html/projects/SCI/index.htm provides individuals with Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI) answers to a diverse array of health related queries. Whether you are worried about the risk factors associated with osteoporosis, curious about cardiovascular diseaseprevention, or eager to develop a personal weight loss plan sensitive to your nutritional needs, Ask the Doctor offers information and guidance for people living with SCI. 

Dr. Suzanne Groah, Director of the RRTC on SCI: Promoting Health and Preventing Complications through Exercise, as well as Director of spinal cord injury research at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in D.C. along with colleague Dr. Samuel Gordon of the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C. present their expert medical opinions concerning a series of viewer's questions in the following related topic areas.

  • Ask the Doctor about osteoporosis Ask the Doctor about cardiovascular disease (CVD)
  • Ask the Psychologist about managing spinal cord injuries Ask the Doctor about skin breakdown
  • Ask the Expert about Spinal Cord Injury and Exercise
  • Ask the Expert about daily living with a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Visit
  • Ask the Doctor http://www.ilru.org/html/projects/SCI/index.htm for professional opinions you can use.

Ask the Doctor is an informational and educational program provided by National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) with ILRU, a program of Memorial Herman|TIRR, to provide general information on spinal cord injury. Information posted on the Ask the Doctor site is provided solely for informational andeducational purposes and is not intended nor implied to be the diagnosis or treatment of a medical condition or a substitute for professional medical advice relative to your specific medical condition. 

ExerSCIzing Blog 

ExerSCIzing blog is a project funded by the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on SCI: Promoting Health & Preventing Complications through Exercise 

A project of the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Collaboration with ILRU a program of Memorial Hermann|TIRR. 

You are invited to visit Pam Mackie's ExerSCIzing blog at:

* Because exercise benefits both physical and mental well-being. 

* Because people everywhere struggle to make exercise a priority and living with a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) may limit the realm of possible exercise activities. 
* Because secondary conditions in individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) may be diminished with exercise. 

ExerSCIzing provides daily online updates regarding one woman's great effort in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, integrating exercise, and managing secondary conditions as a person with SCI. 

ExerSCIzing author, Pam Mackie, lives with C6/7 tetraplegia and has been using a wheelchair for mobility since 1987. ExerSCIzing has proved Ms. Mackie an outlet to share information regarding SCI secondary conditions, exercise, and general health through personal stories. With a commitment to healthy living, Ms. Mackie shares with readers her everyday triumphs and struggles. Informative and inspiring, ExerSCIzing uncovers the realities of maintaining a fit daily life as an individual with SCI. 

Sample excerpts from ExerSCIzing have been provided below:

  • "I have actively sought information and means to continue ExerSCIzing even though I'm unable to move parts of my body. I am determined to not let barriers stop me from experiencing the best health and quality of life I can." -Pam Mackie 
     
  • "I look forward to reading your journal every day. You have motivated me to renew my life. Thank you." -Posted by a reader of the blog

For more information about the benefits of exercise and SCI, please visit our website at http://www.ilru.org/html/projects/SCI/index.htm