Nutrition and the Spinal Cord Injured Individual
Nutrition contributes directly to physical and mental health as well as to resistance to infection and disease. This review will aid in the understanding of how nutrition plays an important role in the rehabilitation process and how it can prevent further debilitation of the spinal cord injured individual. In general, this review discusses secondary complications that occur due to a spinal cord injury and how nutrition can aid healing and/or manage the condition. Specifically, this review discusses energy expenditure and intake related to obesity, ramifications of overfeeding/underfeeding, and specific nutrient deficiencies, (i.e. anemia, osteoporosis, medication interference, and gastrointestinal problems). In addition, recommendations for proper intervention/therapy and possible future research will be introduced.
School of Rehabilitation Sciences
Rice, H. B.; Ponichtera-Mulcare, Janet A.; and Glaser, R. M., "Nutrition and the Spinal Cord Injured Individual" (1995). Faculty Publications. 2494.