Mayo Clinic Guide to Living with a Spinal Cord Injury: Moving Ahead with Your Life

Mayo Clinic Guide to Living with a Spinal Cord Injury: Moving Ahead with Your Life

by Mayo Clinic

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Overview

"This indispenable guide offers a complete picture of the road to recovery, and the specifics to move ahead with your life. When possible it encourages readers to resume their favorite hobbies, participate in athletic activities and return to the workplace.

For the first time, leading medical specialists at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic offer their expert advice on everything from emotional adjustments, to skin care, to home and car modifications, to quality-of-life improvements. Easy-to-read, illustrated, and well organized, Mayo Clinic Guide to Living with A Spinal Cord Inury provides the "how-to" regarding the day-to-day challenges faced by anyone who has a spinal cord injury.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781932603774
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Publication date: 04/07/2009
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 1,213,231
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Mayo Clinic - The Mayo Clinic Spinal Cord Injury Program provides lifelong services in an interdisciplinary setting to people with spinal cord injury. The goal of the program is to help each person reach his or her optimal functional ability, level of wellness, quality of life, and reentry to the community. The Spinal Cord Injury Program at Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minnesota is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and the Joint Commission. Mayo Clinic is the first and largest integrated, not-for-profit group practice in the world. Doctors from every medical specialty work together to care for patients, joined by common systems and a primary value that ""the needs of the patient come first."" Mayo Clinic provides treatment to more than half a million people each year at its three sites in Rochester, Minnesota, Jacksonville, Florida and Scottsdale.

Table of Contents

"Preface
Foreword
Part I: Living with Spinal Cord Injury
1. Introduction to Spinal Cord Injury
Part II: Managing Changes to Your Body
2. Dealing with Internal Organ Functions
3. Dealing with Skin, Muscle, and Bone Function
4. Managing Circulation and Body Regulation
Part III: Sexuality and Fertility
5. Sexual Health
Part IV: Overcoming Limitations After a Spinal Cord Injury
6. Managing Your Independence
7. Staying Healthy After Spinal Cord Injury
Part V: Living Fully with a Spinal Cord Injury: Actively Participating in Your Life
Additional Information: Research and Clinical Trials
Resources for those Living with a Disability
Glossary
Index"

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Mayo Clinic Guide to Living with a Spinal Cord Injury: Moving Ahead with Your Life 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
NathanaelS on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This manual explains what you can do to continue with life after a permanent spinal injury. They discuss everything from maintaining your health to how to get the most from care providers and what kind of specialized resources are available. They deal with common problems and how to do things like travel, get a job or get financial assistance. Certainly, the writing style is very easy to follow. While the illustrations are excellent, some are highly indecent. Without a doubt, this book from the traditional medical community is well organized, and it covers all the issues which face people with spinal injuries.
FamilyResourceCenter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This excellent guide to life with a spinal cord injury covers topics of great importance to those living with SCI. Sexuality, wellness, and health issues are covered in great depth. The chapters on reproductive issues and sexual health are especially well-written. Illustrations are plentiful and helpful. Pediatric issues are not covered, and issues related to aging are covered within each chapter.
hippypaul on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First of all, this is the real deal. These are the folks who do spinal cord work at the Mayo Clinic. The book is aimed at a general audience but as an RN with a number of years of neuro experience I learned a thing or two. If you are running a spinal rehab center and are not using this book you are not doing the job right. The book is divided into five main sections beginning with an introduction which describes the team that will be dealing with the injury, the normal anatomy of the spinal cord and its function. It then takes a close look at the types of spinal cord injuries. This section and indeed the entire book are copiously illustrated with drawings that I wish I would have had in training. Section two covers the changes in the body following an injury divided into first the internal organs then the skin, muscle, and bone and finally the circulation and body regulation. This is a hands on review dealing with problems and how they should be prevented and dealt with. Section three is on sexuality and fertility. This is an area that many textbooks sort of skip over with a few lines. There is a full and straightforward discussion of the sexual aspects of spinal injury. The effects, the problems and the solutions. Section Four deals with the strategies for overcoming the new boundaries of life with a cord injury. It is a wonderfully comprehensive guide that covers everything from the law to conflict management with your caregiver. There are check list and work sheets and real world tools to solve problems with. I was hugely impressed by this section and the amount of information it conveyed.Section Five is titled Living Fully with a Spinal Cord Injury and it is a guide to an active life one that is different from the life before injury but not one whit less fulfilling in its potential.A number of sections round out the book including a section on clinical trials, a list of resources, and a very good glossary.Over all this is best one volume book on spinal cord injury I have seen in over 25 years of nursing. I cannot recommend it enough.
megamegpie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent. My husband who suffers from a spinal cord injury, and I both learned invaluable knowledge from this text. Three years ago he was paralyzed by an auto-immune disease that attached his spinal cord (Transverse Myelitis)he was 26. I wish we had this book. After reading it he went as far as to say that it should have been given to him at the hospital. I really appreciated the chapter dedicated to relationships. Once Brian had made it to the rehab hospital we asked the question- what about us you know RELATIONS. The nurses and therapists let us know that there wasn't a whole lot of resources for us. They got a hold of a very dated video we watched. This is a great resource, and looking back on everything I had to learn as we went, all the vocabulary I didn't understand I wish I had this book.
polfies63 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was an informative and easy read which covers all aspects of living with spinal cord injury from nutrition to sexual health. A great book for families who are just starting the journey with patients with SCI. But also a good book for 1st year nursing or physical therapy students who think they may want to specialize in the area of rehabilitation.
awriterspen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I compared this book to The Spinal Cord Injury Handbook (isbn 978-1891525018) and found this book to be very comparable in information but updated for 2009. There are not a lot of books on this subject, but both do a great job of covering the basics and beyond for what a patient needs to do to adjust to a new lifestyle while dealing with a spinal cord injury. I found the book to be open, honest, and well-written. Prevention of problems, identifying problems, and solving problems were key throughout the book. Beyond the medical side of spinal cord injuries, day to day life and care was also addressed. The book went into great detail about how to hire a personal care assistant, covering many issues I would not have thought of. Management of your personal care assistant, how to resolve conflicts, and setting up schedules was included as well. Health, sex, stress management, substance abuse/addiction, employment, sports, and travel were also covered with real world solutions. This book is a must read for people living with a spinal cord injury or people who are close to someone with a spinal cord injury.
glutenfreefoodie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent book for those going through a very hard life change.Great details and guides as to what to expect with the changes in the body after a spinal cord injury. I have a volunteer caregiver and this is a great tool to help me understand what my care-recievers are going through.
John-in-CA More than 1 year ago
In early 2008 I had an unexpected accident that resulted in a spinal cord injury that has rendered my legs paralyzed. I do not know if a medical procedure exists to restore movement to my legs, so in the meantime I was looking for a good resource on living with this injury. "The Mayo Clinic Guide to Living with a Spinal Cord Injury: Moving Ahead with Your Life" has met my expectations. As 56 year old Caucasian male I am not quite ready for retirement and I still want to enjoy life with this disability. The book is arranged by chapters covering specific topics. The topics range from bodily functions, health habits, continuing employment, finding a caregiver and performing common everyday tasks of living. Other sources of knowledge for the topics are provided.
hippypaul More than 1 year ago
First of all, this is the real deal. These are the folks who do spinal cord work at the Mayo Clinic. The book is aimed at a general audience but as an RN with a number of years of neuro experience I learned a thing or two. If you are running a spinal rehab center and are not using this book you are not doing the job right. The book is divided into five main sections beginning with an introduction which describes the team that will be dealing with the injury, the normal anatomy of the spinal cord and its function. It then takes a close look at the types of spinal cord injuries. This section and indeed the entire book are copiously illustrated with drawings that I wish I would have had in training. Section two covers the changes in the body following an injury divided into first the internal organs then the skin, muscle, and bone and finally the circulation and body regulation. This is a hands on review dealing with problems and how they should be prevented and dealt with. Section three is on sexuality and fertility. This is an area that many textbooks sort of skip over with a few lines. There is a full and straightforward discussion of the sexual aspects of spinal injury. The effects, the problems and the solutions. Section Four deals with the strategies for overcoming the new boundaries of life with a cord injury. It is a wonderfully comprehensive guide that covers everything from the law to conflict management with your caregiver. There are check list and work sheets and real world tools to solve problems with. I was hugely impressed by this section and the amount of information it conveyed. Section Five is titled Living Fully with a Spinal Cord Injury and it is a guide to an active life one that is different from the life before injury but not one whit less fulfilling in its potential. A number of sections round out the book including a section on clinical trials a list of resources and a very good Glossary. Over all this is best one volume book on spinal cord injury I have seen in over 25 years of nursing. I cannot recommend it enough.