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A guide to managing your pain during COVID-19
What does COVID-19 mean for the Pain Management Program? This guide includes resources to help you to self-manage your pain. Learn more about the following during COVID-19: • How to access services in the pain program • Our approach to treating chronic pain • Accessing food • Strategies to manage self-isolation • Living with worry • Mental health information and supports • Crisis prevention •Exercising with chronic pain • Medication information
Abobotulinumtoxin A (Dysport®) for Upper and Lower Limb Spasticity
What is spasticity and how is it typically treated? Spasticity is a neuromuscular condition in which there is an abnormal increase in muscle tone, making the affected body parts stiff and difficult to move. Spasticity is a symptom associated with damage to the brain and/or spinal cord through conditions such as stroke, brain trauma or tumour, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy, etc. The presentation of spasticity can range from mild and barely noticeable to very bothersome, which can interfere with daily functioning, hygiene and comfort. Botulinum toxin...
Alcohol Patient Booklet
A booklet for people who are considering quitting or drinking less alcohol
This is a handout to explain how Amitriptyline treats pain by increasing the concentrations of chemical messengers in the nervous system to reduce the pain messages arriving in the brain. The pain is usually described as burning, tingling, shooting, or numb. This medication can be used to treat fibromyalgia and prevent migraine headaches.
Director of Rehabilitation, Parkwood Institute
Andrea Lee is the Director of the Rehabilitation Program at St. Joseph’s Parkwood Institute, which encompasses the Stroke, Acquired Brain Injury, Amputee, Spinal Cord Injury, Transitional and Lifelong Care, Neurobehavioural and Neurotrauma inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs. Andrea has more than 30 years of rehabilitation leadership experience at several multi-sited academic health care organizations.
Anxiety/Benzodiazepine Patient Booklet
A booklet for people who take a benzodiazepine regularly for anxiety
Assistive Devices Program for Mobility Aids
Assistive Devices Program (ADP) is a government funding program. It pays up to 75% of some mobility devices. For more about this program, visit: www.health.gov.on.ca/adp. To qualify for the program you must meet the following criteria: Valid Ontario Health Card. Have a physical disability
Autonomic dysreflexia (AD) is a dangerous rise in blood pressure that can happen after spinal cord injury. It affects people who have a spinal injury at level T6 or above. AD happens when you have pain or discomfort in the areas of your body that have no feeling. The most common cause of AD is a full bowel or bladder. When you have AD, you have other signs and symptoms at the same time. If you have these symptoms, you need to fix the problem right away. AD is a medical emergency. If not treated, it can cause stroke, heart attack, seizure, and death.
Bladder and Urinary Tract Infection
Bladder infections are one of the most common health issues after spinal cord injury. A bladder infection is also called a urinary tract infection (UTI). This is because the bladder is part of your urinary tract. Your urinary tract includes your kidneys, urethra, and ureters.
Bladder Emptying Schedule (IC Protocol)
When you do intermittent catheterization (IC), you need to empty your bladder on a schedule. The timing of your next IC will depend on how much urine you had during your last IC.