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Optimal neuro | spine: Optimizing Care for Spinal Cord Injury. A Conversation with Dr. Steven Kirshblum

Optimal neuro|spine

Episode 23

How does greater access to specialized care optimize the treatment of spinal cord injuries? On this episode, Dr. Steven Kirshblum dives into the differences between general and specialized rehabilitation for SCI patients, why specialized care is critical for better patient outcomes, and the challenges of integrating specialized care for spinal cord injuries into the medical system.

This episode’s points of interest cover:

  • Advancements and challenges in the treatment of spinal cord injury
  • Are rehabilitation centers certified to treat spinal cord injuries?
  • Why do specialist rehabs get better results?
  • Examining racial and ethnic disparities in spinal cord injury care
  • The integration of spinal cord injury care into the medical system
  • Exploring trends in spinal cord injury care
  • Dr. Kirshblum’s take on polypharmacy in SCI care
  • Discussing natural recovery after traumatic spinal cord injury
  • Causes of mortality in SCI patients
  • Why steroid treatments have failed to translate to human trials
  • Developing resilience in SCI patients
  • Managing bladder issues in SCI care
  • Neuromodulation as an FDA approved treatment for spinal cord injury
  • Dr. Kirshblum answers the magic wand question

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Dr. Max Boakye, Neurosurgeon, and Neuroscientist, currently Professor of Neurosurgery, Chief of Spinal Neurosurgery, Director of Quality Improvement, and Clinical Director of the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center, interviews leading neuroscientists, health administrators, neurosurgeons, educators, neuro and spine health care experts, and patients in his Podcast show: Optimal neuro|spine. His in-depth conversations brings to light topics on:

  • How do we optimize our brain and spine health, prevent aging brain and memory deterioration
  • What to do when something goes wrong, how best to heal and recover injured brain and back
  • How do we optimize our inpatient neuro|spine care in hospitals and provide more value-based care- prevent errors, improve quality, and improve patient satisfaction
  • How do we teach better and better train doctors
  • Which hospitals offer the best neuro and spine care: why and how

Dr. Boakye present the most innovative emerging research that will impact neuro|spine care. Join us as we delve one-on-one and have insightful conversations with exciting researchers and experts – voices who have something to teach, enlighten, and inspire us about Optimal neuro|spine.

Maxwell Boakye, MD, MPH, MBA, FAANS, FACS
Maxwell Boakye, MD, MPH
Acting Director, KSCIRC
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