There are things you can do to help protect and take care of your skin after your spinal cord injury. You may have done many of these things before your injury without thinking about them.
It's important for people with spinal cord injuries to practice good hygiene. This involves staying clean and making sure that you do not let dirt and grime settle on your skin for long periods of time.
Although you may not need to bathe every day (doing so can actually make the skin drier and is not always recommended), you should clean your armpits and groin area every day. You also should wash your skin any time it gets dirty.
Here are some additional hygiene points that spinal cord injury patients need to keep in mind:
If you've had a stroke, transplant, or severe injury, inpatient physical rehab can help you restore function.
The UPMC Rehabilitation Institute offers expert inpatient and transitional rehab care for a range of health concerns, including:
We can start your rehab while you're still in the hospital.