In order to further understand the range of health and lifestyle complications of those with spinal cord injury, we are studying the secondary health risks and outcomes after injury.
We have analyzed data related to heart disease, stroke, chronic pain, and type 2 diabetes, as well as other factors and possible mechanisms that may contribute to a reduced quality of life after spinal cord injury.
Our research has confirmed that people with SCI face a marked increase in the odds of acquiring subsequent conditions after injury compared to the able bodied population. We have also shown a complex interaction between various secondary complications, such as heart disease, orthostatic hypotension, neurological deterioration, and pain.
Work supported by:
Work led by Jacquelyn Cragg
Vanessa Noonan (Rick Hansen Institute), Andrei Krassioukov (ICORD), JK Kramer (SFU) and Claydon (Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology, SFU), and Luc Noreau (Laval).