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We recently completed several new exercise videos for individuals with tetraplegia. Our “How To” exercise videos focuses on exercises that can be done either at home or at the gym using exercise bands (therabands) and cuff weights. This month our “How To” videos show Shannon Minnick (C6-C7) complete diagonal and tricep extension exercises.

If you are new to exercise, please see our “Before you begin exercise” factsheet for additional exercise info. Also remember to consult with your physician if you plan on starting a new exercise routine.

If you have any comments please contact us at info@sci-health.org or 1-877-278-0644

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The purpose of the mini-survey was to look at how individuals with spinal cord injury viewed their current health care insurance providers’ ability to provide for both their needs and their wants in order to live a healthy life. Survey participants were also asked what things they felt would be of benefit to them in increasing both their quality of life and the possibilities of living a healthy life.

The survey results were compiled by ILRU, a partner in the RRTC.

Q1 My healthcare insurance provides everything I NEED to stay healthy and maintain a good quality of life:

Yes   56.41%                                                 No   43.59%

Those respondents who indicated that their needs were not being met were asked to provide further explanation. Of those who took the survey 41% included additional comments to Q1. The most common needs reported as a percentage of that 41% include:

19% reported their Physical Therapy needs were not being addressed.
13% expressed the need for more coverage of Preventative Medicine.
19% conveyed that Personal Care Assistance was not covered.
25% communicated that Assistive Technologies or Medical Device needs were not met.
13% cited a lack of coverage for Medications including bowel program prescriptions.

 

Q2 My healthcare insurance provides everything I WANT to stay healthy and maintain a good quality of life:

Yes   46.15%                                                  No   53.85%

Those respondents who indicated that their wants were not being met were asked to provide further explanation. Of those who took the survey 49% included additional comments to Q2. The most frequent wants communicated as a percentage of that 49% include:

37% reported wanting Durable Medical Equipment such as wheelchairs to be covered.
21% suggested the coverage of exercise equipment & fitness program fees.
16% conveyed wanting the lack of Physical Therapy coverage addressed.
11% expressed a want for more Personal Care Assistant coverage.

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We have a new factsheet available that is focusing on upper body exercises for individuals with tetraplegia. This factsheet is a part of our exercise videos package for individual with tetraplegia. To view the factsheet please click in the title below.

Upper Body Exercises for Individuals with Tetraplegia Factsheet

If you are new to exercise, please see our “Before you begin exercise” factsheet for additional exercise info. Also remember to consult with your physician if you plan on starting a new exercise routine.

To view our exercise videos please CLICK HERE

Next month we will have new exercise videos specific to individuals with tetraplegia available.

If you have any comments please contact us at info@sci-health.org or 1-877-278-0644

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We have a new factsheet available that is focusing on upper body exercises for individuals with paraplegia. This factsheet is a part of our exercise videos package for individual with paraplegia. To view the factsheet please click in the title below.

Upper Body Exercises for Individuals with Paraplegia Factsheet

If you are new to exercise, please see our “Before you begin exercise” factsheet for additional exercise info. Also remember to consult with your physician if you plan on starting a new exercise routine.

To view our exercise videos please CLICK HERE

Next month we will have new exercise videos specific to individuals with tetraplegia available.

If you have any comments please contact us at info@sci-health.org or 1-877-278-0644

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We recently completed several new exercise videos for individuals with tetraplegia. Our “How To” exercise videos focuses on exercises that can be done either at home or at the gym using exercise bands (therabands) and cuff weights. This month our “How To” videos show Shannon Minnick (C6-C7) complete rows, rotator cuff, and rear deltoid exercises.

If you are new to exercise, please see our “Before you begin exercise” factsheet for additional exercise info. Also remember to consult with your physician if you plan on starting a new exercise routine.

If you have any comments please contact us at info@sci-health.org or 1-877-278-0644

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We recently completed several new exercise videos for individuals with tetraplegia. Our “How To” exercise videos focuses on exercises that can be done either at home or at the gym using exercise bands (therabands) and cuff weights. This month our “How To” videos show Shannon Minnick (C6-C7) complete  bicep curls and shoulder flexion exercises.

If you are new to exercise, please see our “Before you begin exercise” factsheet for additional exercise info. Also remember to consult with your physician if you plan on starting a new exercise routine.

If you have any comments please contact us at info@sci-health.org or 1-877-278-0644

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This month’s survey is looking at the experience of meeting people post injury especially about the online dating experience for individuals with spinal cord injury. Online dating has become so popular in the recent years and we want to learn more about the impact of online dating in our community.

These surveys are an easy way for the RRTC team to hear from the SCI community on certain topics. Information from these surveys will help the RRTC team understand the needs of the community. Please take a moment to take our survey.

We really appreciate your feedback!

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This month’s survey is looking at your health care insurance and if provides everything you need to live a healthy life. If not, what are the things you feel you would benefit from receiving from your insurance provider that would increase you quality of life and possibilities of living a healthy life?

These surveys are an easy way for the RRTC team to hear from the SCI community on certain topics. Information from these surveys will help the RRTC team understand the needs of the community. Please take a moment to take our survey.

We really appreciate your feedback!

Please use the scroll bar on the right of the survey to view the complete survey and submit your answers.

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In November and December, we asked you questions about the impact that urinary tract infection (UTI) has on your life since your injury. Thank you for all of your responses to these quick polls!  We received over 200 responses on each poll. Your feedback is extremely helpful and appreciated.

In the November poll, we had 269 respondents.  In the first two questions, we asked you if you had problems with UTI’s and how often.  Of the 82% of respondents who reported having problems with UTI, 40% said they had 2-3 UTI’s in the last year that required antibiotic treatment.  Almost 20% reported more than 5 UTI’s, 25% reported 4-5, and 10% reported 1 UTI in the last year.

In question 3, we ask you who treats your UTI’s.  The most common response was primary care physician (45%), followed by urologist (30%), and physiatrist (<5%).  Over 10% reported that they have antibiotics at home for self-management.

Question 4 addressed symptoms of UTI.  The most common symptoms of UTI reported were: cloudy urine (80%), strong smelling urine (80%), increased spasticity (40%), incontinence (30%), fever (25%), abdominal pain/burning (25%), and increased neuropathic bladder (25%).

The most common bladder management technique from question 5 was intermittent catheterization (60%), followed by indwelling catheter (20%), urination on own (10%), condom catheter (10%), and diapers (5%).

Our poll group for the November poll was 63% male, 37% female and 64% paraplegia, 36% tetraplegia, with 47% aged 36-55, 13% under 36, and 40% over 55.

Because of the great response we received in November, we decided to ask additional questions regarding UTI management in December.

In the December poll, we had 233 respondents.  In the first question, we ask you whether you take any supplemental products to decrease the risk of UTI. All 233 respondents reported using at least one product to prevent UTI. The most common methods for UTI prevention were: increased fluid intake (50%), cranberry juice (30%), cranberry pills (30%), other (28%), probiotics (26%), and d-mannose (6%).  Some commonly suggested products in the “other” category were methenamine hippurate (Hiprex), vitamin C, and prophylactic antibiotics.

In question 2, we asked you if you are confident in the health care provider who is treating you for UTI’s (strongly agree to strongly disagree).  40% of respondents agreed, 33% strongly agreed, 16% were neutral, 9% disagreed, and 2% strongly disagreed.

Question 3 addressed the impact that UTI’s have on your community participation and/or quality of life.  38% of respondents agreed that UTI’s do impact community participation and/or quality of life, 29% strongly agreed, and 16% were neutral.  Only 17% felt that UTI’s did not impact their community participation and/or quality of life.

In Question 4, the most common places respondents learned about UTI management were during their initial hospitalization (60%) and in an outpatient setting such as a primary care physician (60%).  Online (50%) was also a common place for UTI management advice, followed by books/educational material (33%) and friends/family (24%).

Questions 5 and 6 addressed bladder management techniques. 67% of respondents reported changing their bladder management technique since their injury; however, only 17% reported that their bladder management technique is influenced by their insurance provider.  Of the respondents that do choose bladder management techniques based on insurance, the most common responses were that the insurance companies dictate the number and type of catheters they will provide, and that many people pay out of pocket for larger quantities of catheters and certain types of catheters they need.

Lastly, we asked you whether you felt that your bladder management impacts your community participation and/or quality of life.  40% of respondents strongly agreed that bladder management does impact community participation and/or quality of life, with 30% agreed, 15% neutral, 10% disagree, and 5% strongly disagree.

Our poll group for the December poll was 60% male and 40% female with 41% aged 36-55, 13% under 36, and 46% over 55.  82% of respondents had paralysis due to spinal cord injury, 5% due to MS, 2% due to spina bifida, and 11% to another condition.

Thank you for your interest in our polls. Please contact us at info@sci-health.org if you have any additional feedback to share with us.

Thank you again!

-RRTC Team

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