Spinal cord injury (SCI) involves a number of changes at the metabolic and physiological levels. Several studies have shown that pressure at the interface between the user and the seating surface is the main factor involved in the emergence of pressure ulcers (PUs). This pressure leads to less or even no peripheral arterial blood circulation. Physical activity improves the quality of life and physiological responses of people in SCI. Therefore, regular physical activity could improve the physiological parameters involved in readaptating blood flow overall and in the ischial area (lower buttocks), specifically, which is at higher risk for PUs.
Volume 49 Number 6, 2012
Pages 913 — 924
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