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Welcome to the SCI Forum podcast series. Our podcasts bring you audio versions of our live SCI Forums, as well as interviews with a variety of people within the SCI community. We will post new episodes monthly. Subscribe on iTunes or your favorite podcasting app.

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14. Discussing COVID-19 and Spinal Cord Injury
COVID-19 has changed our lives dramatically in the last seven months. From constant masking to a jump in telemedicine to quarantining, everyone has seen major disruptions to their daily routines. But what does COVID-19 mean specifically for people with a spinal cord injury? In this forum, Aaron Bunnell M.D., U.W. assistant professor of Rehabilitation Medicine and Jeanne Hoffman PhD, professor in the department of Rehabilitation Medicine and director of the Northwest Regional SCI System, discuss what we know and do not know about COVID-19 and spinal cord injury. They discussed Dr. Bunnell's work in U.W. Medicine's post COVID telehealth clinic as well as the potential issues for people with SCI and a diagnosis of COVID-19, the pros and cons of in-person routine care, and strategies for minimizing exposure from caregivers.

Video can be found at: Video: Discussing COVID-19 and Spinal Cord Injury

13. Perspectives from SCI Therapists: Kristy, Therapeutic Recreation
After spinal cord injury, individuals often work with many different rehabilitation therapists across both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation as they recover and as function changes over time. We had the chance to talk to several different kinds of rehabilitation therapists about their work including: What is involved in becoming a therapist? What are the main things that each discipline works on with their SCI patients? Why does someone choose to be a therapist and work in rehabilitation? In the third podcast of this series, we talk with Kristy Grant, CTRS about her work as a recreation therapist and learn about what recreation (rec) therapists focus on when working with people who have had a spinal cord injury.

12. Perspectives from SCI Therapists: Leslie, Occupational Therapy
After spinal cord injury, individuals often work with many different rehabilitation therapists across both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation as they recover and as function changes over time. We had the chance to talk to several different kinds of rehabilitation therapists about their work including: What is involved in becoming a therapist? What are the main things that each discipline works on with their SCI patients? Why does someone choose to be a therapist and work in rehabilitation? In the second podcast of this series, we talk with Leslie Fox, OTR/L about her work as an occupational therapist and learn about what occupational therapists focus on when working with people who have had a spinal cord injury.

11. Perspectives from SCI Therapists: Jordan, Physical Therapy
After spinal cord injury, individuals often work with many different rehabilitation therapists across both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation as they recover and as function changes over time. We had the chance to talk to several different kinds of rehabilitation therapists about their work including: What is involved in becoming a therapist? What are the main things that each discipline works on with their SCI patients? Why does someone choose to be a therapist and work in rehabilitation? In the first podcast of this series, we talk with Jordan Cabrera P.T., D.P.T., N.C.S. about his work as a physical therapist and learn about what physical therapists focus on when working with people who have had a spinal cord injury.

10. Spasticity after SCI — Part 2: Real Life Stories — A Panel Discussion
Spasticity is an almost universal complication of spinal cord injury, but the way it manifests itself varies enormously from person to person. In this forum, four individuals with SCI share their unique experiences with spasticity since their injuries, what treatments they have tried over the years, and how they are managing their spasticity now. The discussion is moderated by Dr. Jeanne Hoffman, UW professor and clinical psychologist in the UW Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. Video can be found at: sci.washington.edu/spasticity-part2/

9. Spasticity after SCI — Part 1: The Good, The Bad, and The Not-So-Ugly
Spasticity in spinal cord injury is often viewed as a cause of dysfunction and pain. But there is more to it than that. This SCI Forum presentation explored the positive effects of spasticity ("the good"), the negative effects ("the bad"), the neutral effects ("the not so ugly"), and a variety of interventions for spasticity. A rehabilitation medicine physician, a physical therapist, and an occupational therapist summarized the causes of spasticity and discussed a variety of conventional and non-conventional treatment options (Rina Reyes, MD, Amy Icarangal, PT, and Geralyn Bertellotti, OT). Watch the video or read the report: sci.washington.edu/spasticity/index.asp

8. Loa: Successful Student and Vent User
Loa sustained a C2 spinal cord injury while in the 12th grade. Undaunted, she went on to finish high school with her classmates and entered college the following fall. In this podcast, Loa talks with Jeanne Hoffman, PhD, about her experience adjusting to her SCI and attending college as a ventilator user. She is now an ambassador with Ventec Life Systems and blogs at venteclife.com\blog.

7. Being a Research Subject: Follow-Up on Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation
What was it like to be a study participant in a clinical trial at the University of Washington? Find out in this podcast, where Jeanne Hoffman, PhD, interviews Jon, a person with SCI who volunteered for the study that was highlighted in our first podcast, Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation with Chet Moritz. This study is designed to restore hand and arm function in SCI using a non-invasive procedure. Jon shared the remarkable impact that this has made on his life.This study is currently recruiting participants. Click here to learn about the study.

6. Perspectives on Pain: An SCI Panel Discussion
A large percentage of people with SCI have frequent pain that can interfere with daily activities. Finding ways to minimize the pain and, when necessary, to move forward in spite of pain, can be essential to maintaining quality of life. This panel discussion features four individuals with SCI discussing their pain experiences, the different treatments they have tried, what has and has not worked for them, and how they stay positive and carry on with full lives. The discussion is moderated by Dr. Jeanne Hoffman, rehabilitation psychologist in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine.

5. Managing Chronic Pain after Spinal Cord Injury
Chronic (or long-standing) pain is a common problem for people living with spinal cord injury, and it is often very difficult to treat. In this presentation, two UW Rehabilitation Medicine clinicians (Deborah Crane, MD and Dawn Ehde, PhD) discuss the different types, causes and potential treatment options for chronic pain.

4. From Engineer to Entrepreneur: BILLY Footwear's Billy Price
Billy Price became paralyzed at the C6 level at age 18, just as he was starting his freshman year of college. Lying in his hospital bed, he could not imagine what his life would look like; the challenges seemed insurmountable and the future uncertain. But he took one hurdle at a time and went on to finish college with an engineering degree and to work for the FAA for 15 years. He also married and, recently, became a father. Now 22 years after his injury, Billy has taken the leap into full-time entrepreneurship with his company, BILLY Footwear. Born out of Billy’s desire to put on his own shoes despite his limited hand function, BILLY Footwear has now rocketed into the mainstream fashion world as a universal shoe design that looks great while making putting on shoes a snap for children and anyone else who does not want to deal with laces or Velcro. How did he do it? Listen to this podcast to hear the full story of how someone with SCI and no entrepreneurial know-how created a successful company—including the ups and downs and a disaster or two along the way.

3. Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation with Chet Moritz
Chet Moritz, PhD, is an associate professor in the University of Washington Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rehabilitation Medicine, and Physiology and Biophysics, as well as the co-director for the Center for Neurotechnology. He talks with UW rehab psychologist Jeanne Hoffman about his research to restore hand and arm function for people with spinal cord injury using transcutaneous (through the skin) electrical spinal stimulation.

2. Getting to Normal: Conversations about Adjustment after Spinal Cord Injury
Three individuals with spinal cord injuries share their personal journeys of adjusting to life with a spinal cord injury, from initial grief and dark days to finding a path to a fulfilling life and a "new normal." This panel discussion is moderated by Dr. Jeanne Hoffman, rehabilitation psychologist in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine.

1. Resilience, Depression, and Bouncing Back After Spinal Cord Injury
Adjustment and mental health problems after spinal cord injury can be complicated and sometimes difficult to talk about. While most people with SCI do not become depressed, it is important to identify and help those who do. This SCI Forum presentation focuses on who gets depressed after SCI, when and why. Charles Bombardier, PhD, professor and psychologist in the UW Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, covers what is known about common pat­terns of adjustment after SCI and how emotional responses to SCI compare to other forms of loss and trauma. He discusses risk factors for depression and what can be done to manage and treat depression after SCI.

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