Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research
Ali sustained a spinal cord injury in 1996. She went on to study at the University of Nottingham and graduated in 2006 with first class honours in Psychology.
Ali is passionate about peer support and maximizing the outcomes of rehabilitation following spinal cord injury and other long-term neurological conditions. She has proven experience of academic and clinical research, clinical trial management, peer support, mentoring and public speaking.
Having first-hand experience of living with the impact of spinal cord injury, Ali is committed to supporting research that aims to improve people’s quality of life following spinal cord injury.
Ali is the Corporate and Community Liaison Manager for Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research; an independent charity that is committed to conducting research with the aim of improving the quality of life for people living with spinal cord injury.
Spinal Cord Injury; the unseen complex complications – Neuropathic Pain
Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) results in total or varying degrees of loss of sensation and motor function below the level of injury. These aspects of SCI ‘seen’ by others.
However, there are many complex, chronic issues that are ‘unseen’ e.g., neuropathic pain, bladder and bowel function, spasticity, pressure ulcers and urinary tract infections (UTIs). Such complex aspects of SCI often co- exist, fluctuate over time, are unpredictable and are often more debilitating than the ‘seen’ aspects of SCI.
This seminar will describe the ‘seen’ and ‘unseen’ complications following SCI using a visual analogy. The negative impact of the ‘unseen’ aspects of SCI on a person’s quality of life will be described. Neuropathic pain will be discussed in more detail.
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Clare Belmont and Jo Heath Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre, The Huntercombe Group
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Dr Terry Gorst University of Plymouth
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Martin Knight MD FRCS MBBS The Spinal Foundation
Indications and long-term outcomes for Transforaminal Endoscopic Lumbar Decompression and Foraminoplasty (TELDF)
Dr Nicholas Silver The Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Liverpool; The Brain Charity
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