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Spinal Cord Injury VHI

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Clinicians can learn about caring for patients with spinal cord injury (SCI) from the Veterans Health Initiative (VHI) study guide, Medical Care of Persons with Spinal Cord Injury (2.07 MB, PDF).

A relatively minor health issue in a person without SCI may herald a grave and even life-threatening problem for an individual with SCI. One objective of this guide is to help clinicians manage their patients with SCI until a SCI specialist is available.

Sections include:

  • Pathophysiology of spinal cord injury
  • Neurological examination
  • Medical care
  • Chronic pain
  • Clinical syndromes

The guide is useful for VA and non-VA health care providers caring for Veteran patients. Veterans and the public also may be interested in the guide to learn more about symptoms and treatment. Go to the polytrauma website for information geared to Veterans.

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