Pregnancy in women with any sort of physical disability is unfortunately uncharted territory. The reason for this is first of all, the research sample is very limited. They have to be women of child bearing age and the research, outcome, and treatment will be highly dependent upon the type of physical disability that the woman presents with.
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Pregnant Women with Physical Disabilities: Almost an Invisible Population Making Research Nearly Impossible
Sometimes the most obvious and telling self-discoveries are the hardest to uncover. An observer may be witness to these character choices or flaws or what have you in great precision, yet you may have been unaware for years. For me, this very circumstance occurred this week, like a lightning bolt of shock and confusion: How had I become so disconnected from my own body?
Spinal cord injuries have resulted in life-changing and permanent injuries for over a million Americans. According to data released recently by Ohio State University, there are over 1.3 million people in the United States who are living with a spinal cord injury.
Last week in Delaware County, Philadelphia a 16-year old boy by the name of Mazeratti Mitchell was injured in a high school wrestling match. Mazeratti was flipped over and hit his head during a practice match that resulted in him lying motionless on the floor for several minutes. After being rushed to the hospital, doctors examined the boy and suggested both steroids and surgery to stabilize Mazeratti’s spine – with the hope of minimizing any potential bruising and paralysis. Mazeratti’s parents refused to follow the doctors recommendations, and instead his mother (who is a herbal healer) is planning to utilize homeopathic methods such as “Herbs, reflexology and spine manipulation” to treat their son.
An exciting assistive technology will gradually change the lives of many wheelchair users. Wearable robotic devices, so called exoskeletons, are now being launched which will for the first time offer wheelchair users the chance to walk.