EXERCISE AND SPINAL CORD INJURY
People with spinal cord injury are more likely than the general population to have health problems related to weight gain, changes in cholesterol, and high blood sugar. They are also at higher risk of cardiovascular disease. Not being active may contribute largely to these problems, according to the Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center.
That’s why people with SCI can benefit from regular physical activity and exercise.
With the proper health precautions and professional guidance, you can make great strides to improve your quality of life. Whether your goal is to lose weight or build strength and endurance, there are fitness programs available for all abilities and injury levels.
And here’s some extra incentive. Research has shown that exercise after SCI can improve breathing ability, circulation, and muscle strength and prevent secondary conditions such as pressure ulcer, UTIs, and respiratory infections.