The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation has published the fifth edition of the Paralysis Resource Guide, a free 410-page book that helps families understand new spinal cord injuries and supports individuals as they pursue healthy, fulfilling lives.

The guide covers all aspects of life that may be affected by paralysis, including medical and health related concerns such as secondary conditions, seating and mobility considerations, and disability benefits and insurance. Detailed information on subjects as varied as caregiving, traveling, employment, and financial planning is also available, along with an array of profiles spotlighting the diverse experiences of people of all ages who live with paralysis, a media release from Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation explains.

“The Paralysis Resource Guide is a one-stop handbook for the paralysis community. As the only resource of its kind, it is an essential tool to help those new to paralysis as they learn to navigate and adjust their lives, as well as those living with paralysis who want information on how to live a full, active life.”

— Maggie Goldberg, President, Reeve Foundation

Features, Topics in Latest Edition

The latest edition features an expanded military and veterans chapter, including a step-by-step explanation of what to expect if a spinal cord injury is sustained during active duty and an overview of the medical evaluation process. Updates to sections about spina bifida, medications that treat symptoms of multiple sclerosis, and Rob Summers, the first person to have an epidural stimulator implanted in his lower back, can also be found in the guide.

Additional new topics include:

  • Aging into vs. aging with paralysis
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Heterotopic ossification
  • Tips for visiting the gynecologist
  • Acute flaccid myelitis
  • Managing mental health issues
  • Orthostatic hypotension

To receive the free Paralysis Resource Guide book by mail, visit the Reeve Foundation publications page to request a copy or call the Information Specialist team at 800-539-7309. The Paralysis Resource Guide can also be accessed digitally on a smartphone, Nook, iPad, or Kindle and in PDF format, per the release.

[Source(s): Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, PR Newswire]

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