The online Community for people with spinal cord injury, their relatives and friends

The online Community for people with spinal cord injury, their relatives and friends Do you have a question for the Community? Post it in the Forum. Would you like to contribute to a discussion? Your experiences and knowledge are valuable since they could help others.
Ask the Expert In “Ask the Expert” you can ask your questions to an expert from the Swiss Paraplegic Centre. In the board “Ask the Doctor”, Dr. Online offers medical advice – free of charge. Important: The offer, in no way, replaces the personal consultation with a physician.
Blog Every week we cover in the Blog current, exciting topics from all over the world around paraplegia: entertaining and moving stories, innovative tools, social debates, travel reports, research results and much more. We are looking forward to your comments!
Wiki The Wiki offers extensive basic knowledge around the diagnosis of paraplegia. The information has been compiled by experts from the Swiss Paraplegic Centre and presented in an easily understandable way.
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Best wheelchair-friendly experiences to try in cold weather – skiing, thermal spas, Christmas markets and much more

Lucky dogs: Dogs with impairments are able to run again – thanks to a “doggie wheelchair” and how!

Things that make life easier and harder for Filipinos with SCI – reported by our Filipino author Andrea

Life with Spinal Cord Injury Here in our Community, we’re looking for exciting personal stories, experiences, and interesting happenings. We believe that every single story is worth being told, so others can learn from it – others as well as we, who moderate this Community. No matter whether the story made you feel happy, sad, angry or frustrated – you can simply start posting here. We’re curious!
Rehabilitation & Therapy Many of you have had extensive experiences with various therapeutic approaches. We’re interested in those that were effective for you, those that weren’t, or those that you simply didn’t like. Share them in this forum – freely! We’re looking forward to your lively discussions.
Assistive Technology Assistive devices accompany us all every day, no matter if they’re small, simple gadgets or complex constructions. On this discussion board, we’d like to hear your opinions and experiences with certain products and technologies. There is also room for wishes or inspirations of useful assistive devices that don’t exist or aren’t available yet.
Marketplace Here you can offer goods that you no longer need that can still be useful for other wheelchair users – from assistive devices and sports equipment to cars and apartments. You can also write if you’re looking for something. Important: Please don’t post any advertisements, only private ones. The seller and the buyer are exclusively responsible for the fulfillment of the contract.
Private There are things you don’t want to share with all. That is why this discussion board was created. Only logged-in members can see the contents, which can’t be found via Google & Co. Feel free to ask questions and discuss topics which aren’t intended for everyone.

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Spinal-cord stimulation allows three paralyzed men to walk with assistance
There was also a big boom in Italy last week, news on all sides. In my opinion exaggerated, it should be reported responsibly. 
5 miletics Friday, 11 February 2022
INNOVATIVE ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY
Yes, thank you!     It's my passion.
4 Babyfisher Thursday, 22 April 2021
Handbiking together in the Geneva area?
Hello everyone! I met a person with SCI who works in Geneva for a few months. She speaks perfectly English and Spanish and would like to meet...
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Explaining what life with a chronic disability is like
Hi there, it's not always easy to explain what it's like to live with a chronic disability. A while ago, I found two analogies which find a way...
3577 Johannes 2018-11-01
Spinal-cord stimulation allows three paralyzed men to walk with assistance
Dear Community "The results, published in Nature and Nature Neuroscience today, are dramatic. All three patients recovered some degree of...
7488 Wheelie 2017-06-06
Scewo
Dear all I recently came across a stair climbing electric wheelchair. http://www.scewo.ch In their videos and advertisement the product looks...

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7488 Wheelie 2017-06-06
Scewo
Dear all I recently came across a stair climbing electric wheelchair. http://www.scewo.ch In their videos and advertisement the product looks...
7227 odyssita 2017-10-01
Explaining what life with a chronic disability is like
Hi there, it's not always easy to explain what it's like to live with a chronic disability. A while ago, I found two analogies which find a way...
4407 odyssita 2017-10-01
How to approach the unknown questions in medicine
Hi there, I wanted to share a TED talk with you which I watched a while ago and which I find excellent. I myself am a bit of a complex case, and...
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Ask the doctor Some questions call for an expert. That’s why we have set up this special discussion board for all Community members. Post here your medical questions! And our Dr. Online will do his best to answer as soon as possible.

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Life after operation
Dear Marco! If the raising headaches are new and lasting for days despite of the medication you have been taken for months after operation you...
3 Dr._Hans_old Monday, 20 July 2015
Second opinion
Dear Neil! There are many reasons that are influencing the choice of a Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre. I have seen many of them around the...
3 Dr._Hans_old Thursday, 07 May 2015

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Life after operation
Hi,my name is Marco and I have a C4-C5 SCI.On the 20th of April I received an operation in St. Gallen to remove some of the scar tissue of injury...
5176 neilvdm_old 2015-05-05
Second opinion
Hi,I'm now going on to 5 months post my SCI. Maybe I'm just impatient but I need to get some advise. Here comes my story... December I had a...

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Top ten accessible winter activities in Switzerland
Best wheelchair-friendly experiences to try in cold weather – skiing, thermal spas, Christmas markets and much more
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Four-legged friends on two legs. And on two wheels.
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Simulating disability: what works and what doesn’t?
As a paraplegic of 45 years this month I have seen many improvements in attitude, environment and access. There are however still many areas that...
4 Richard 2022-11-05
Chi Wai Lai: Climbing a Different Mountain – in Wheelchair
Hello kitwan, I'm so pleased to see your nice story about my friend, wheelchair climber, Lai Chi-wai who climbed the Lion Rock in his wheelchair...
3 StellaChiu 2017-12-11
Disabilities cartoons: a way for removing barriers
I like the idea of the board game! Would be great if there's a set to lend and play at the library in Nottwil!
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8877 Cindy 2019-10-30
Muniba Mazari: the Iron Lady of Pakistan
Turning adversity into opportunity
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Disabilities cartoons: a way for removing barriers
Dave Lupton, better known as Crippen or Sox, is a famous disabled cartoonist in the UK. He has been commissioned by television companies, such as...
3170 Soldac_old 2016-07-20
Apps and online maps: showing accessible places around the world
Travelling can be a better experience for wheelchair users with the support of a mobile phone app that displays where and what the accessible...

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Chronic pain
Definition of pain Pain is a complex sensation similar to a feeling. Pain is always subjective; it cannot be measured or proven and also not rebutted. Since the 1970s there has been an official definition by the International Association for the...
Moving in bed – different positions
People spend between a quarter and a third of their lives in bed; wheelchair users frequently even more. The manner and frequency with which we turn over in bed and change positions vary from one person to the next, as do the requirements for...
3835 In Bladder & Bowel
Changes at the anal opening
What are haemorrhoids? The haemorrhoid veins are part of the locking mechanism of the rectum and responsible for sealing the anus. The sealing works through different levels of filling of the blood vessels. If these vessels do not inflate...

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Skin and pressure sores
What causes pressure sores? Long-lasting pressure or also brief, strong pressure on one part of the skin can cause a decrease in blood flow inside the tissue. The skin presents red spots that do not turn white when pressing. Skin hardens if it...
Spasticity
Spasticity develops as a result of damage to the spinal cord or to the brain. The term comes from the Greek word “spasmos”, which means muscle cramp. Spasticity and spasms frequently play a central role in the lives of people with spinal cord...
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Bowel paralysis
Normal bowel function The emptying of the bowel (defecation) is a reflex-type process, but one which you can consciously influence. If the rectum1 is sufficiently full and therefore stretched, an impulse is sent through the nerves to the...

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Thursday, 01 December 2022
Swiss Handicap, the fair for people with disabilities
Do you know Swiss Handicap? It is the only national fair dedicated to people with disabilities. This year it takes place from 2 to 4 December in Lucerne. Take advantage of this opportunity to...
Tuesday, 21 December 2021
Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Loved Ones with Disabilities
Are you all set for the holiday season? Still looking for unconventional gifts to add some extra fun for your loved ones in wheelchair? Then read on! The British accessibility consultant Emily...
Thursday, 25 November 2021
The 2021 Disability Power 100
Recently, Shaw Trust, a British charity for the disabled and disadvantaged people, has announced the Disability Power 100 for 2021. Established in 2018, the Disability Power 100 list is announced...

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Welcome to our Community! Here, you’ll find open ears, discussions, advice from people like you: people with spinal cord injury as well as their relatives and friends. Why this Community exists No matter you roll or walk — life is what you make...

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