UAB Spinal Cord Injury Model System

SCI InfoSheets

The UAB-SCIMS offers a series of Information Sheets on selected topics related to SCI. Many of these Information Sheets are products of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Spinal Cord Injury Model System (UAB-SCIMS), and others are developed through a collaboration between the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) and the Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems of Care. These fact sheets are written for consumers.

All Infosheets are free to print and disseminate for educational purposes.

Locating Information About Spinal Cord Injury (PDF)
This InfoSheet can be printed by professionals and given to people with SCI and their family who do not have internet access. It has a listing of resources with address and phone numbers.

Understanding Spinal Cord Injury & Functional Goals - Basic (PDF)
An elementary overview of the changes to a normal spinal cord following SCI and one's realistic expectations regarding functional goals and outcomes. Includes illustrations of the spinal cord and the levels of injury and a chart of levels/abilities and goals.

Understanding Spinal Cord Injury & Functional Goals and Outcomes (PDF)
In addition to providing a realistic expectation of what one can expect regarding functional goals and outcomes, this InfoSheet offers a concise summary of the anatomy and physiology of a spinal cord injury. Describes the neurological and functional classification of SCI as well as expected functional outcomes. Includes illustrations, chart and means of assessing levels of injury, abilities and functional goals.

Autonomic Dysreflexia (PDF)
Discusses the causes, signs, symptoms and how to treat Autonomic Dysreflexia. Has a medical treatment card to print a carry in case of emergency.

Adjustment to Spinal Cord Injury (PDF)
Discusses the grief and problems some individuals have adjusting to SCI. Explains how motivation and rational thinking can lead to personal happiness.

Bladder Care and Management (PDF)
Reviews the urinary system, how it works after an SCI, and types of bladder management programs. Discusses possible problems with the urinary tract, treatment methods and steps to stay healthy. 

Bowel Management following Spinal Cord Injury (PDF)
Reviews the process of digestion; types of bowel programs, how one's bowel program is affected at different levels of injury. Gives suggestions for a successful bowel program and tips on managing bowel problems.

Sexuality for Women with Spinal Cord Injury (PDF)
Discusses the changes in sexual function, sexual adjustment, issues with partners, areas of concern, arousal, sexual activity, sexual satisfaction, and other issues of sexuality after injury. 

Pregnancy for Women with Spinal Cord Injury (PDF)
Discusses the issues of pregnancy that include planning along with the concerns to manage during pregnancy, labor and delivery. 

Sexual Function for Men with Spinal Cord Injury (PDF)
Discusses physical and psychological changes that can occur in a male's sexual functioning following SCI. Topics include sexual aids, fertility, and relationship issues.

Weight Management Following Spinal Cord Injury (PDF)
Emphasizes the importance of a good food plan for individuals following a spinal cord injury. Discusses changes to the body after SCI that influence food selection; weight control; and nutrients.

Research for a Cure in Spinal Cord Injury (PDF)
A review of the types of research being conducted in a cure for spinal cord injury and how potential cure strategies might be applied.

Understanding and Managing Respiratory Complications after Spinal Cord Injury (PDF)
A review of how the respiratory system functions after SCI, complications that can occur and how to prevent them.

Personal Care Attendant (PDF)
Offers guidelines and ideas on employing and managing a PCA. Topics include advertising, interviewing, and qualities to consider when selecting a PCA. Can be used by rehab service providers with their clients.

Caring for Caregivers (PDF)
Discusses the issues of caregiving for people with spinal cord injury and offers a self-test for stress and tips for managing self-care.

Heterotopic Ossification (PDF)
Reviews the causes, location, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of H.O.

Employment after Spinal Cord Injury
Information Sheet developed by the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) in collaboration with the SCI Model Systems of Care.

Skin Care & Pressure Sores
Information Sheet developed by the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) in collaboration with the SCI Model Systems of Care.

Pain after Spinal Cord Injury
Information Sheet developed by the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) in collaboration with the SCI Model Systems of Care.

Depression and Spinal Cord Injury
Information Sheet developed by the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) in collaboration with the SCI Model Systems of Care.

Safe Transfer Technique
Information Sheet developed by the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) in collaboration with the SCI Model Systems of Care.

The Wheelchair Series: What the SCI Consumer Needs to Know
Information Sheet developed by the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) in collaboration with the SCI Model Systems of Care.

Spasticity and Spinal Cord Injury
Information Sheet developed by the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) in collaboration with the SCI Model Systems of Care.

Gait Training and Spinal Cord Injury

Information Sheet developed by the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) in collaboration with the SCI Model Systems of Care.