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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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Anatomy and physiology of respiration
Breathing is the most normal thing in the world for us. We hardly think about it, even though we breathe in and out about 20,000 times per day. We breathe more when we are active and exerting ourselves, and we breathe less when we are...
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Contractures
What are contractures and how do they develop? Contractures are shortenings of muscles, tendons or ligaments that have a limiting effect on the movements of the joints. The normal ability to move a joint is lost. Contractures are frequently...
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Suctioning
In some cases, support is needed for cleaning the nasopharyngeal space and keeping it free from secretion. For this purpose, suctioning is performed through the nose and, if necessary, the mouth. This is particularly necessary if the nose cannot be...

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Damage to the spinal cord and consequences of this
Injuries resulting from accidents There are different elements in the movement segments which behave differently after an injury: bony structures and band structures. In bony spine injuries, we differentiate between three main types of...
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Risks when living with limited sensitivity
How do we define sensitivity? With sensitivity, we mean our fifth sense, namely feeling. Different from the other four senses, sensitivity is not perceived through a sensory organ such as vision is through the eyes. Our sensory system retrieves...
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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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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 and...
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The condom catheter
Passing urine with a condom catheter The urine is drained into the bag using reflexes – this means rhythmical tapping (triggering) on the lower abdominal region above the pubic bone triggers the drainage of the bladder. This drainage...
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Bladder stimulator
What is a bladder stimulator? A bladder stimulator is an implant with which the nerves of the bladder and bowel can be stimulated directly, enabling the bladder and bowel to be emptied. It can only be used on people with a complete spinal cord...

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Mobilisation / Transferring
What do I need to consider with regard to the shoulders? The shoulder is the most heavily-strained joint with regard to mobilisation – that applies to sitting up and transferring. It is therefore important to protect the shoulders whenever it is...
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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...
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Level of independence in relation to the lesion level
In case of a spinal cord injury, the lesion level, i.e. the part where the spinal cord is injured, has a crucial meaning: depending on where this part is exactly located, it determines the functional options, i.e. which activities the injured...

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Leisure and hobby
What do you think of when you hear the word hobbies? Swimming, skiing, camping, knitting, working in the garden, watching a film or reading a book? Hobbies are very individual. They reflect who we are and what we consider to be important. Social...
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Seating position in the wheelchair
Principles – Vertebral physiology The pelvis is the foundation for the spine. The spine can only be brought into a natural posture if the pelvis is in an upright position. The pelvis, spine, line of sight and balance are interrelated and affect...
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Spinal cord injury and age
Old with a youthful spirit This is an inescapable fact, even if no-one would actually like it to happen: Your hair turns grey, you develop wrinkles, joint pain sets in, you become increasingly forgetful and there is a deterioration in your...

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Social skills increase quality of life
Today strawberry yogurt is on Anna’s* grocery list. In front of the dairy section she notices that she cannot reach the yogurt sitting in a wheelchair. Many stressed people are rushing through the crowded store during rush hour and she does not...
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Yoga
Awareness of the body, regulating effects on spasticity, free and deeper breathing, feeling well and an increased fitness: These are only a few aspects of the feedback with regard to positive effects that yoga can have for people with spinal cord...
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Changes of sexual function in women
Lubrication (vaginal lubrication) Lubrication is a lubricating fluid that is secreted by glands during sexual arousal. Lubrication occurs during the peak period of sexual arousal and facilitates penetration. Depending on the level of paralysis,...

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Rediscovering sexuality
Sexuality is a fundamental human need – the source of life, sensuality, pleasure and passion. A spinal cord injury almost always affects the sexual functions. It interferes massively in the personal, intimate and social life of you and your...
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Spinal cord injury as a critical life event
The occurrence of a spinal cord injury, whether caused by an accident, illness or medical intervention, is unforeseeable and usually happens very quickly. It is like a turning point in life and nothing seems the same afterwards. Many things that...
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Wheelchair sport
Sweating, giving it your all, exercising outdoors and enjoying nature, scoring a point with the team, celebrating, training, learning new movements, waiting attentively for the starting pistol, forgetting the time as you are doing laps … Whether...

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Anatomy and physiology of respiration
Breathing is the most normal thing in the world for us. We hardly think about it, even though we breathe in and out about 20,000 times per day. We breathe more when we are active and exerting ourselves, and we breathe less when we are...
Social skills increase quality of life
Today strawberry yogurt is on Anna’s* grocery list. In front of the dairy section she notices that she cannot reach the yogurt sitting in a wheelchair. Many stressed people are rushing through the crowded store during rush hour and she does not...
Mobilisation / Transferring
What do I need to consider with regard to the shoulders? The shoulder is the most heavily-strained joint with regard to mobilisation – that applies to sitting up and transferring. It is therefore important to protect the shoulders whenever it is...

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