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JRRD Focuses On Issues Such As Spinal Cord Injury and Prosthetics

The current issue of the Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development (JRRD) mainly analyses articles related to spinal cord injury, bone mineral density, women's // sexuality, chronic pain and prosthetics research.

Under the title that dealt with veterans who reported chronic pain associated with spinal cord injury the author of the study said that 76 % of participants (spinal cord injury) reported chronic pain. He inquired about their pain frequency, duration, intensity, exacerbating factors, and effects on daily activities. The majority of the chronic pain components occurred daily and lasted most of the day.

It was found that two-thirds of the chronic pain components interfered with daily activities. In case of chronic pain pattern among patients with spinal cord injury investigators found that specific pain patterns were stable. They conducted two surveys with a gap of 18 months to examine the stability of pain characteristics and pain-induced interference with sleep and daily activities.

It was found that the results were very contrasting. Hence further research is necessary to improve management of pain among these patients. A team of researchers from Israel suggested that video-capture virtual reality (VR) training has many benefits for patients with paraplegic spinal cord injury. They found that the VR system provided the user with natural movement control, the ability to use many parts of the body and the flexibility to adapt the system to meet specific therapeutic objectives.

In case of women who suffer from the disease they commonly have a decreased ability to achieve genital sexual arousal. A study was done to reveal that vibratory stimulation would increase genital arousal as compared with manual clitoral stimulation in both SCI and nondisabled women. But the difference was not statistically significant.

Accurate estimates of energy expenditure for people with spinal cord injury (SCI) are need
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