Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal Cord Injury

by Bruce H. Dobkin, Michael E. Selzer, Bruce Dr.Dobkin, Michael Dr.Selzer
     
 

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The spinal cord is a vital part of the central nervous system; even a small injury can lead to severe disability. In the US, there are approximately 230,000 people living with traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI), with over 10,000 more becoming disabled each year. Learning to live with SCI can be a challenge to any individual, caregiver or family. To improve their…  See more details below

Overview

The spinal cord is a vital part of the central nervous system; even a small injury can lead to severe disability. In the US, there are approximately 230,000 people living with traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI), with over 10,000 more becoming disabled each year. Learning to live with SCI can be a challenge to any individual, caregiver or family. To improve their ability to cope, everyone involved must understand how the body responds to a spinal cord injury, and educate themselves about treatment and management issues. Spinal Cord Injury, the newest title in the critically acclaimed American Academy of Neurology Press Quality of Life Guides, is an authoritative and reliable resource for any patient, family member or caregiver looking to inform themselves on this topic.

Written in easy-to-understand language, this excellent overview of spinal cord injury and its treatment, is essential reading for all patients desiring a better quality of life, and for family members and caregivers who need a better understanding of this condition and its effects. This informative book explains the anatomy of the spine, the results of injury and the treatment and management issues encountered during rehabilitation. It contains a glossary with commonly used terms, and website resources that can aid in further research. In addition, it includes current research to help SCI patients make informed medical decisions that promote optimum healing.

Spinal Cord Injury will help patients, caregivers, and family members cope with SCI and enjoy a better quality of life.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Kathleen M. Woodruff, DNP, RN, ANP-BC(Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: This is a well developed resource for patients with spinal cord injuries and their families. It assists readers in developing a framework for understanding the condition and becoming better prepared to manage the life changes associated with it.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide information to patients with spinal cord injuries, their families and loved ones, and caregivers. The information is designed to lead to a basic understanding of the underlying disabilities, current medical treatments, rehabilitation options, and research directions. The authors do a nice job of meeting the objectives.
Audience: The audience includes patients, their families/loved ones, and caregivers. The book has been developed under the auspices of the American Academy of Neurology by two experienced and knowledgeable neurologists.
Features: The book is written to assist non-medical readers in obtaining a clear understanding of spinal cord injuries. The book is organized into chapters that focus on answering pertinent questions for readers. Diagrams enhance understanding and Internet resources are listed for further information.
Assessment: This is a well written reference for non-medical readers who are trying to acquire a better understanding of spinal cord injuries. The hope is that better informed patients are able to more actively participate in the decision making and execution of their own care. This approach to medical care helps to improve the doctor-patient partnership and empowers the patient during this difficult time.
SciTech Book News
"A reliable source on this topic... Written in easy-to-understand language, the book includes information on how the spinal cord works and what happens when it is injured, the benefits of rehabilitation, assistive devices that can make life easier, [and] a glossary with commonly used terms for communicating with doctors and caregivers."--Paraplegia News

"A concise, easy-to-understand guide to help spinal cord injury (SCI) patients, their families, loved ones and caregivers better understand the scientific basis for the disabilities that result from SCI, the current medical treatments and rehabilitation management of SCI, and the research directions that point to hope for better functional recovery in the future."--SciTech Book News

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935281047
Publisher:
Springer Publishing Company
Publication date:
02/27/2008
Series:
American Academy of Neurology Press Quality of Life Guide Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
68
Sales rank:
1,201,113
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Michael E. Selzer, MD, PhD. is professor of Neurology at the Department of Neurology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

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