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.

Understanding Spinal Cord Injury: Part 1 - The Body Before and After Injury (PDF)
This fact sheet is intended to be a starting point for understanding the normal functions of the spinal cord and how those functions might change after spinal cord injury.

Understanding Spinal Cord Injury: Part 2 - Recovery and Rehabilitation (PDF)
Recovery and Rehabilitation is important to returning to functioning back to normal. There is no cure for SCI but you can learn the potential areas for improvement.

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 after following Spinal Cord Injury (PDF)
Bowel management is a life-long balancing act to maintain control over your bowel movements. This fact sheet will help you find that balance to maintain your quality of life.

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.

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.

Pregnancy and Women with Spinal Cord Injury
Learn how to prepare for pregnancy, labor and delivery after a spinal cord injury.

Employment after Spinal Cord Injury
Most people with spinal cord injuries (SCI) want to work. Learn more about the resources and services available.

Skin Care & Pressure Sores
Six part series with important information regarding pressure sores, including prevention, risk factors, and treatment options.

Pain after Spinal Cord Injury
Pain is a serious problem for many people with spinal cord injuries. Learn more about options for pain management.

Depression and Spinal Cord Injury
Depression affects millions of Americans, including those with SCI. Learn more about resources and treatment options.

Safe Transfer Technique
Transferring in and out of your wheelchair puts high stress on your arms and shoulders. Learn the correct way to transfer.

The Wheelchair Series: What the SCI Consumer Needs to Know
These 3 factsheets include important information to help you find a wheelchair that truly meets your needs.

Spasticity and Spinal Cord Injury
Learn more about spasticity causes, management, and treatment options.

Gait Training and Spinal Cord Injury
Gait training is practicing walking with assistive devices, braces and other types of support as needed.