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Spinal Cord Injury (SCI): Preventing Complications - VHL HealthSheet #41151_VA
A spinal cord injury (SCI) causes many changes in the body. Feeling and movement can both be affected. And the functions of many body organs may also be affected. These changes make certain complications more likely to happen. Some of the most common complications are infections (especially urinary infections), constipation, pressure sores, bone fractures, spasticity, and depression. To help limit these problems, take steps daily to manage your health.
Nutrition and Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) - VHL HealthSheet #41167_VA
Good nutrition is a vital part of staying healthy after an SCI. A nutritious and balanced diet helps you manage your weight. It provides you with the energy you need for daily activities. It keeps your body strong and as healthy as possible. And it helps reduce your risk of certain medical problems.
Spinal Cord Injury (SCI): Healthy Breathing - VHL HealthSheet #41161_VA
A spinal cord injury (SCI) does not affect your lungs, but it can affect your breathing muscles (muscles of respiration). This can affect how well you breathe. It also puts you at higher risk for pneumonia and other lung problems.
Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) and Alcohol Use - VHL HealthSheet #41193_VA
Many people take the social use of alcohol for granted. Having a few drinks with friends is a common way to relax and bond. But drinking may cause problems that people without an SCI don’t have to think about.
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