Respiratory Health and SCI Infocomic
After spinal cord injury, the signals sent from your brain can no longer pass beyond the damage to the spinal cord, making it hard to control the muscles you would normally use for inhaling and exhaling. This comic includes information on respiratory health and SCI and ways to help manage the symptoms.
SCI can lead to respiratory muscle weakness and paralysis, making it hard to breathe. This comic explains that people with SCI who have respiratory issues may develop other health problems, which may include:
- Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
This comic also explains the ways to actively help your lungs after SCI to make sure they are as healthy as possible, such as:
- Not smoking or vaping
- Avoiding the buildup of mucus in the lungs
- Drinking plenty of water
- Getting a flu shot every year
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