Skin Care. Why do you need to look after your skin after Spinal Cord Injury?. Your skin is a very important part of your body. Before your injury it sent messages to your brain about touch, pain, pressure and temperature. After a spinal cord injury your skin might not work as well because:
Your skin is a very important part of your body. Before your injury it sent messages to your brain about touch, pain, pressure and temperature.
If you cannot feel parts of your body you need to protect your skin and know what to do if problems occur.
Put cream on your skin to stop it getting too dry.
Eat a healthy diet including fruit and vegetables and drink lots of water
Pressure sores can occur if you sit or lie on your catheter
pressure sore on a bottom
pressure sore on an ankle
pressure sore on a hand
Photograph of a burn which was caused by a hot water bottle
You could damage your skin getting in and out of your chair.
If you find a mark like this stay in bed and contact the district nurse.
Keep the pressure off the area until it disappears
If you ignore it, it may lead to a pressure sore.
Love the skin you’re in!
Lovethe skin you’re in!
Spinal Outpatient Team
Telephone number: 01296 315828 or 01296 315829