After a spinal cord injury (SCI), there are many possible changes to the body. Learning about these potential changes can better prepare people with SCI to live on their own in their community. Knowledge about SCI is important even for persons who live in a care facility, because it will enable them to better direct their own health care.
Understanding SCI is important not only for the individual with the injury, but also for any involved family members, friends, support persons, or caregivers. Everyone is encouraged to learn as much about SCI as possible. Information is available to you throughout the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute’s spinal cord injury webpages, as well as in documents from both inpatient and outpatient health care professionals.
Please remember that this or any other educational information cannot be substituted for medical advice from your doctor. It is recommended that all patients be seen on a regular basis by both their primary care physician and their spinal cord injury physician.