Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Brain & Nervous System Health Center

Font Size

Spinal Cord Injury: Changing Your Activity Levels - Topic Overview

Many people with a spinal cord injury (SCI) have pain from using the same muscle, muscle group, or joint over and over. People with SCIs often develop muscle overuse, for example, as a result of pushing a manual wheelchair. Changing how long you do an activity can sometimes help reduce or prevent pain from overusing your muscles or joints.

To help you find how long you can do a certain activity, keep a log that tracks activities that can result in pain. And then set time limits on how long you do them.

Recommended Related to Brain & Nervous System

Aceruloplasminemia

Important It is possible that the main title of the report Aceruloplasminemia is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.

Read the Aceruloplasminemia article > >

  • List any activity that eventually results in pain (for example, walking or typing on the computer).
  • When doing each activity, write down how long it takes until the pain starts or increases.
  • Set a time limit for doing the activity that is below the point when your pain starts. When you reach your time limit, stop and rest. How long you rest will vary. You want to rest enough to be able to continue doing the activity.
  • Return to the activity after your rest period.
1

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: February 15, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
Next Article:

Spinal Cord Injury: Changing Your Activity Levels Topics

Today on WebMD

Depressed
Slideshow
3d scan of fractured skull
Slideshow
 
human brain waves
Article
brain maze
fitQuiz
 
senior man
Article
brain research briefing
Article
 
Syringe
Article
Vaccine and needle
VIDEO
 
mans hands on laptop keyboard
Article
brain illustration stroke
Slideshow
 
most common stroke symptoms
Article
Parkinsons Disease Medications
Article