Back Care Booklet
MHealthy and the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation- Spine Program have created this back care booklet for people who are in the early weeks of low back pain, whether it’s the first time or has happened before. Nearly everyone experiences back pain at some point. The good news is that it’s usually not serious, and there are many simple things you can do to feel better.
Back In Life
In July of 2005, Zack Weinstein was canoeing with a group of friends down the Saco River, in Maine. While jumping into a shallow part of the river, Zack broke his neck. At nineteen-years-old he became a C5-C6 Quadriplegic. In service to others facing life-altering injuries Smooth Feather Productions teamed up with Zack to create "BACK IN LIFE” with the hope that by sharing Zack's powerful experiences, the film may provide others with needed strength in an oftentimes daunting struggle.
Use this online resource from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to find mental health treatment facilities and programs near you. Help is available for people with limited resources who can’t afford to pay for services. For more information about mental and behavioral health services in your state visit SAMHSA's Frequently Asked Questions section.
Collection of Factsheets offered by the MSKTC to Support Individuals Living With Spinal Cord Injury.
The Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) offers a variety of free resources on spinal cord injury (SCI) to support people with disabilities and their caregivers, researchers, practitioners and clinicians, and policy makers. Attached is a link to a booklet of their SCI Factsheets as of August 2013
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Secondary Conditions in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) at Medical University of South Carolina released a comprehensive report from the State of the Science of Prevention and Management of Secondary Health Conditions in People After Spinal Cord Injury (PDF). The report presents recommendations for the prevention and management of secondary health conditions in SCI.
The University of Michigan Spinal Cord Injury Model System (UM SCIMS) is always striving to provide both quality and relevant information for those living with SCI, their families, clinicians and the community at large. Please take a moment to complete a brief survey to help us evaluate how we are doing.
For people with an interest in disability-related issues, resources are increasingly becoming easy to access. There is a wide variety of written, audio and interactive materials available for consumers and disability professionals alike. We at the U-M Spinal Cord Injury Model System provide a number of these resources, such as our SCI Access newsletter and our Resource Guide. Community resources are available in Michigan and throughout the United States. You can find many other resources on the Internet.
We have a lot of information available to you about spinal cord injury through Health Topics A-Z. Type “spinal cord injury” in the blank search area, and click “Search.”
- Disaster Preparedness Emergeny Checklist
- Employment after Spinal Cord Injury
- Pain after Spinal Cord Injury
- Pain after Spinal Cord Injury (Supplement: Activity Modification for Musculoskeletal Pain)
- Safe Transfer Techniques after Spinal Cord Injury
- Spinal Cord Injury and Gain Training
- Spasticity and Spinal Cord Injury
Free Fitness and Nutrition Series from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation
The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation have created a Nutrition and Fitness series to help those living with paralysis learn how to feel better and improve their health. Add your name and a contact email to the provided link and once a week over a 6-week period, you will receive a brief newsletter containing helpful information on healthy eating and physical activity. This series has been designed by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to promote better health for individuals living with paralysis. EVERYONE can make progress on the journey to a healthier lifestyle! Even the smallest changes can make big differences! There is no charge or obligation to join this online series.
Video on Traveling for Wheelchair Users
This video, provided by Delta airlines, gives an overview of what wheelchair users can expected at the airport.