Autonomic Dysreflexia in SCI: No one wants to think/talk about it, everyone must know about it


Arguably the most dangerous common autonomic impairment after SCI is Autonomic Dysreflexia (AD). Beyond just the impairments in strength and sensation that can occur after spinal cord injury (SCI), damage to the spinal cord commonly involves some degree of autonomic impairment. Feeling inexplicably cold, having episodes of seemingly unprovoked sweating, and feeling light headed when sitting up are all examples of autonomic impairment that can occur after SCI.

A Thurs., Feb. 28th webinar presented by Dr. Ryan Solinsky, Physician-Scientist of Spinal Cord Injury Medicine, Department of PM&R at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital will review how AD occurs and practical tips on what you can do to prevent it. He will also highlight research being conducted to try to better understand AD.  You will be able to:

  • Identify at least three presenting signs of autonomic dysreflexia

  • Explain the potential consequences of low-grade, frequent autonomic dysreflexia

  • Be prepared with practical tips to decrease the incidence of autonomic dysreflexia

The webinar starts at 3:30 p.m. PST and you can register for it HERE.