Essentials of Spinal Cord Medicine

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This compact text is a practical, concise guide for clinicians involved in the care of patients with spinal cord injuries and disorders. It covers a comprehensive and diverse list of topics encompassing the principles and practice of spinal cord injury care, including basic science fundamentals, traumatic spinal cord injury, non-traumatic myelopathies, physical function and rehabilitation, medical consequences and complications of spinal cord injury, psychosocial and quality of ...

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Overview

This compact text is a practical, concise guide for clinicians involved in the care of patients with spinal cord injuries and disorders. It covers a comprehensive and diverse list of topics encompassing the principles and practice of spinal cord injury care, including basic science fundamentals, traumatic spinal cord injury, non-traumatic myelopathies, physical function and rehabilitation, medical consequences and complications of spinal cord injury, psychosocial and quality of life issues, and systems-based practice.

Chapters are consistently formatted for ease of use and are organized under the broad headings of general principles, clinical considerations, and knowledge gaps and emerging concepts, and conclude with a curated list of suggested readings. Within these categories, specifics on underlying pathophysiology and etiology, assessment (examination, testing, differential diagnosis, prognosis, and risk factors) and management (non-pharmacological, medications, surgical procedures, follow-up and monitoring, primary and secondary prevention, and complications), and recent clinical advances and promising research are easily accessed. The book also addresses such quality of life issues as psychological adaptation, sexuality and fertility, vocational training, driving, and exercise, and includes information about systems of care and patient safety as well as ethical considerations. The guide is peppered with useful tables that highlight and reinforce key material. Additionally, "Practice Pearls" in selected chapters enhance the guide as a handy go-to reference for clinicians and trainees in multiple disciplines who care for people with spinal cord injuries and disorders.

Key Features:

  • A concise, practical manual designed for rapid access to key information on a broad range of topics integral to the practice of spinal cord medicine
  • Covers both traumatic spinal cord injury and non-traumatic disorders and their evaluation, management, medical complications, functional rehabilitation, and quality of life concerns
  • Packed with useful tables to highlight and reinforce key material
  • Formatted consistently with short, reader-friendly paragraphs and clarifying sub-titles

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Daun Chung, DO (Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)
Description: A great resource for both physicians who specialize in spinal cord injury and those who do not, this book provides a clear overview of the various topics in spinal cord medicine without getting into too much detail. The references at the end of each chapter enable readers to continue with their education.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide relevant information in this area in a format that is easy to read and follow. Spinal cord medicine is a rapidly expanding field with much new research and information. This book presents this information in a clear and succinct way.
Audience: According to the author, this book is written for physicians who specialize in spinal cord medicine as well as those who may encounter patients with spinal cord injury in their practices (physiatrists, neurologists, primary care physicians, internists, and those in other medical and surgical subspecialties), fellows, residents, medical students, as well as members of the various disciplines in rehabilitation. The author is a well-known and respected physiatrist who specializes in spinal cord medicine.
Features: The book covers everything from basic anatomy and pathophysiology of the spine and spinal cord and their clinical relevance to various aspects of traumatic and nontraumatic spinal cord injury. The section on traumatic spinal cord injury covers prevention to assessment and management. The section on nontraumatic spinal cord injury covers the various myelopathies as well as commonly encountered neuromuscular conditions. The book also covers the physical function and rehabilitation of patients with spinal cord injury, the various medical complications that patients with spinal cord injuries could face, and psychosocial issues and life participation after spinal cord injury. What's also unique about the book is the section on systems-based practice that discusses systems of care, ethical issues, and patient safety. The book does a great job of providing the information in a clear and succinct way and the chapters are easy to read. The explanations of the traumatic and nontraumatic spinal cord injuries as well as the medical complications associated with them are areas that stand out. Chapters include useful tables and references as well as occasional "Practice Pearls" that focus on important key principles. There are no illustrations or drawings, which might be useful for certain topics, such as bowel and bladder dysfunction.
Assessment: This is a useful book for those wishing to learn more about spinal cord medicine. While it doesn't include every detail, it does a great job of providing information on the various topics in a clear and concise way. This would be a great resource for clinicians, particularly residents and fellows in an academic setting. I would recommend it to my colleagues interested in learning more about spinal cord medicine.
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"Does a great job of providing information on the various topics in a clear and concise way. A great resource for clinicians, particularly residents and fellows in an academic setting." - Doody's Reviews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936287383
  • Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 12/20/2013
  • Pages: 484
  • Sales rank: 846,982
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

MD, Chief of Spinal Cord Injury, VA Boston Healthcare System, Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School
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Table of Contents

Section I: Basic Science Fundamentals

1. Applied Anatomy and Physiology of the Spinal Cord

2. Pathophysiology of Spinal Cord Injury

3. Research in Neuroprotection, Regeneration, and Repair of the Injured Spinal Cord

Section II: Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury

4. Epidemiology of SCI

5. Prevention of SCI

6. Pre-hospital Care

7. Imaging the Injured Spine and Spinal Cord

8. Early Hospital Care For SCI: Medical, Surgical & Rehabilitation

9. Spinal Orthoses

10. Neurological assessment and classification of SCI

11. SCI in Children: Special Considerations

Section III: Non-traumatic Myelopathies

12. Non-Traumatic Myelopathies: Overview and Approach

13. Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy

14. Non-Traumatic Cauda Equina Syndrome

15. Tumors of the spine and spinal cord

16. Vascular Myelopathy - Spinal Cord Infarction

17. Spinal Cord Hemorrhage and Spinal Arteriovenous Malformations

18. Multiple Sclerosis

19. Spinal Arachnoiditis

20. Infections of the spine and spinal cord

21. Nutritional, toxic and environmental myelopathies

22. Spina Bifida/ Myelomeningocele

23. Chiari Malformation and Developmental Syingomyelia

24. Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia

25. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis/ Motor Neuron Disease

Section IV: Physical Function and Rehabilitation

26. Functional Outcomes following SCI

27. Physical Rehabilitation Activities and Interventions

28. Upper Extremity Function in Tetraplegia

29. Wheelchair Prescription and Wheeled Mobility

30. Walking after SCI

Section V: Medical Consequences and Complications of SCI

31. An overview of medical consequences and complications of SCI

32. Respiratory consequences: Overview

i. Pneumonia

ii. Ventilatory impairment

iii. Sleep-disordered breathing

33. Cardiovascular and autonomic consequences: Overview

i. Bradycardia

ii. Orthostatic hypotension

iii. Autonomic dysreflexia

iv. Ischemic heart disease

v. Peripheral vascular disease

vi. Impaired Thermoregulation

34. Genitourinary consequences: Overview

i. Neurogenic Bladder

ii. Urinary Tract Infections

iii. Urinary Stones

35. Sexual Function and Reproductive Health

36. Gastrointestinal consequences: Overview

i. Neurogenic Bowel

37. Pressure ulcers

38. Neurological and musculoskeletal consequences: Overview

i. Spasticity

ii. Neurological decline after SCI

iii. Spinal cord injury-related pain

iv. Heterotopic ossification

39. Metabolic and endocrine issues: Overview

i. Energy consumption and body composition after SCI

ii. Calcium metabolism and osteoporosis

40. Aging with a spinal cord injury

Section VI: Psychosocial issues and life participation after SCI

41. Psychological considerations following SCI

42. Socioeconomic consequences and quality of life

43. Exercise and sports after SCI

44. Employment after SCI

45. Driving and Transportation Access after SCI

Section VII: Systems Based Practice

46. Systems of care for SCI

47. Patient Safety in SCI care

48. Ethical issues in SCI practice

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