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2.7. Bone Health

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Bone Health (19 minutes)
This video discusses aspects of Heterotopic Ossification (Classifications, Etiology, Diagnosis, Prevention and treatment options) and Osteoporosis (Initial bone loss after traumatic injury, Impact of aging, Impact of menopause, Prevention and treatment options). 58.2 mb download or watch on streaming real media.

Common musculoskeletal problems after SCI: Contractures, osteoporosis, fractures, and shoulder pain
A review of the SCI Forum, April 16, 2002, hosted by the Northwest Regional SCI System. Discusses the various problems that can occur with muscles, bones, ligaments and tendons as individuals with SCI age.


Heterotopic Ossification

Heterotopic Ossification - SCI InfoSheet #12
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Heterotopic ossification (HO) is the development of bone in abnormal areas, usually in soft tissues. Heterotopic ossification develops most commonly in individuals who have an injury, such as spinal cord injury, that results in neurologic deficits. Reviews the causes, location, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of Heterotopic Ossification. Produced by the RRTC in Secondary Complications in SCI at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Dept. of P M & R.

Heterotopic Ossification:                                                    

A pamplet produced by Craig Hospital that describes the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of heterotopic ossification (HO) for individuals with SCI.


A pamphlet from Craig Hospital that discusses the risk of osteoporosis in individuals with SCI, it's diagnosis and treatment.
Osteoporosis and SCI
Fact Sheet from the Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Spinal Cord Injury: Promoting Health and Preventing Complications through Exercise

SCI Forum video and report: Osteoporosis in SCI
The SCI Forum presentation, "Osteoporosis in SCI," by Jelena Svircev, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington and SCI physician at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, is available on the Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System Web site for viewing on your computer as streaming video. A written report of the presentation is also online.


Scoliosis in Children and Adolescents - Information provided by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease.  Discusses scoliosis, Q&A, provides organizational links

Find a Specialist who treats spinal deformities

Scoliosis Research Society discusses scoliosis, treatment options and FAQs; includes link for finding a specialist

National Scoliosis Foundation (NSF) is a patient-led nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children, parents, adults, and health-care providers to understand the complexities of spinal deformities such as scoliosis.

Scoliosis Association Inc., an international support and information organization that assists those with scoliosis by providing information, support groups and information lines.


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