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Essentials of Spinal Cord Medicine

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Essentials of Spinal Cord Medicine

SKU# 9781936287383

Author: Sunil Sabharwal MD


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"From the first to the last page, this book is so full of information that as a person working in the world of spinal cord injury, I found myself in an unfamiliar situation. Never had I read a book related to my profession that I didnÌt have trouble putting down. IÌm not saying that such books are boring by any means however, they are not the captivating fictional reads that keep people up late on work nights thinking 'just one more chapter.' Essentials of Spinal Cord Medicine was that type of book for me!... Overall, I thought this book was nothing short of fantastic... it was so full of information that makes me feel more confident as a technologist, and more compassionate as a human. I would highly recommend this for any practitioner working in the field where they may encounter a person with spinal cord injury." -- Donna Jacobs, R. EEG T., CNIM, The Neurodiagnostic Journal

This compact text is a practical, concise guide for clinicians involved in the care of patients with spinal cord injuries and disorders. It covers a comprehensive and diverse list of topics encompassing the principles and practice of spinal cord injury care, including basic science fundamentals, traumatic spinal cord injury, non-traumatic myelopathies, physical function and rehabilitation, medical consequences and complications of spinal cord injury, psychosocial and quality of life issues, and systems-based practice.

Chapters are consistently formatted for ease of use and are organized under the broad headings of general principles, clinical considerations, and knowledge gaps and emerging concepts, and conclude with a curated list of suggested readings. Within these categories, specifics on underlying pathophysiology and etiology, assessment (examination, testing, differential diagnosis, prognosis, and risk factors) and management (non-pharmacological, medications, surgical procedures, follow-up and monitoring, primary and secondary prevention, and complications), and recent clinical advances and promising research are easily accessed. The book also addresses such quality of life issues as psychological adaptation, sexuality and fertility, vocational training, driving, and exercise, and includes information about systems of care and patient safety as well as ethical considerations. The guide is peppered with useful tables that highlight and reinforce key material. Additionally, ÏPractice PearlsÓ in selected chapters enhance the guide as a handy go-to reference for clinicians and trainees in multiple disciplines who care for people with spinal cord injuries and disorders.

Key Features:

  • A concise, practical manual designed for rapid access to key information on a broad range of topics integral to the practice of spinal cord medicine
  • Covers both traumatic spinal cord injury and non-traumatic disorders and their evaluation, management, medical complications, functional rehabilitation, and quality of life concerns
  • Packed with useful tables to highlight and reinforce key material
  • Formatted consistently with short, reader-friendly paragraphs and clarifying sub-titles

Product Details 

  • Publication Date December 10, 2013
  • Page Count 484
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781936287383
  • EISBN 9781617050756

Table of Contents 

"Section I: Basic Science Fundamentals
; 1. Applied Anatomy and Physiology of the Spinal Cord
; 2. Pathophysiology of Spinal Cord Injury
; 3. Research in Neuroprotection, Regeneration, and Repair of the Injured Spinal Cord
; Section II: Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury
; 4. Epidemiology of SCI
; 5. Prevention of SCI
; 6. Pre-hospital Care
; 7. Imaging the Injured Spine and Spinal Cord
; 8. Early Hospital Care For SCI: Medical, Surgical & Rehabilitation
; 9. Spinal Orthoses
; 10. Neurological assessment and classification of SCI
; 11. SCI in Children: Special Considerations
; Section III: Non-traumatic Myelopathies
; 12. Non-Traumatic Myelopathies: Overview and Approach
; 13. Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy
; 14. Non-Traumatic Cauda Equina Syndrome
; 15. Tumors of the spine and spinal cord
; 16. Vascular Myelopathy ñ Spinal Cord Infarction
; 17. Spinal Cord Hemorrhage and Spinal Arteriovenous Malformations
; 18. Multiple Sclerosis
; 19. Spinal Arachnoiditis
; 20. Infections of the spine and spinal cord
; 21. Nutritional, toxic and environmental myelopathies
; 22. Spina Bifida/ Myelomeningocele
; 23. Chiari Malformation and Developmental Syingomyelia
; 24. Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia
; 25. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis/ Motor Neuron Disease
; Section IV: Physical Function and Rehabilitation
; 26. Functional Outcomes following SCI
; 27. Physical Rehabilitation Activities and Interventions
; 28. Upper Extremity Function in Tetraplegia
; 29. Wheelchair Prescription and Wheeled Mobility
; 30. Walking after SCI
; Section V: Medical Consequences and Complications of SCI
; 31. An overview of medical consequences and complications of SCI
; 32. Respiratory consequences: Overview
; i. Pneumonia
; ii. Ventilatory impairment
; iii. Sleep-disordered breathing

; 33. Cardiovascular and autonomic consequences: Overview
; i. Bradycardia
; ii. Orthostatic hypotension
; iii. Autonomic dysreflexia
; iv. Ischemic heart disease
; v. Peripheral vascular disease
; vi. Impaired Thermoregulation

; 34. Genitourinary consequences: Overview
; i. Neurogenic Bladder
; ii. Urinary Tract Infections
; iii. Urinary Stones

; 35. Sexual Function and Reproductive Health
; 36. Gastrointestinal consequences: Overview
; i. Neurogenic Bowel
; 37. Pressure ulcers
; 38. Neurological and musculoskeletal consequences: Overview
; i. Spasticity
; ii. Neurological decline after SCI
; iii. Spinal cord injury-related pain
; iv. Heterotopic ossification
; 39. Metabolic and endocrine issues: Overview
; i. Energy consumption and body composition after SCI
; ii. Calcium metabolism and osteoporosis

; 40. Aging with a spinal cord injury
; Section VI: Psychosocial issues and life participation after SCI
; 41. Psychological considerations following SCI
; 42. Socioeconomic consequences and quality of life
; 43. Exercise and sports after SCI
; 44. Employment after SCI
; 45. Driving and Transportation Access after SCI
; Section VII: Systems Based Practice
; 46. Systems of care for SCI
; 47. Patient Safety in SCI care
; 48. Ethical issues in SCI practice

Editorial Review(s) 

"Does a great job of providing information on the various topics in a clear and concise way. A great resource for clinicians, particularly residents and fellows in an academic setting." - Doody's Reviews