Medical & Rehab Links
These links provide information relating to multiple aspects of medical and rehabilitation diagnosis and treatment and are intended to be a resource for members to access information about severe work-related injuries. Also, please explore the links developed by the sites, as they branch into the many facets of injury and pain management. These links are provided for your information only. The linked sites are not under the control of the WCRA, and the WCRA assumes no responsibility for the content of any linked site. A link from this page is not an endorsement by the WCRA of any agency product or service on these websites. The references are listed in major injury categories.
Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
- The University of Alabama has been the home of the federal grant for the Spinal Cord Injury Database. This site provides comprehensive national data about SCI and educational information about the many aspects of SCI.
- Paralyzed Veterans of America provided support to the consortium for Spinal Cord Medicine to develop clinical Practice Guidelines and outcomes following traumatic spinal cord injury.
- American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) is the association that developed the international functional level classification for SCI, and has an extensive list of links to resources relating to Spinal Cord Injury. Click on "Other SCI Links" to review the listing.
- SCI-info-pages.com This is a free and informative resource for those living with SCI. It is meant to be a 'best of the web' site for SCI health information.
- Craig Hospital This is the home page of Craig Hospital. It provides numerous links to other excellent SCI resources.
- National Spinal Cord Injury Association This site includes a resource center that features information specifically for people with new spinal cord injuries.
- PoinTIS provides comprehensive information on SCI rehabilitation and traumatic brain injury rehabilitation for health care providers, patients, and families.
- Everything Spinal The goal of Everything Spinal is to provide current information and resources for patients, families, health care practitioners, and anyone involved with someone who has SCI.
- Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation This merger of the American Paralysis Association and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation includes the Paralysis Resource Center, which provides comprehensive information resources and referral services.
- Physiotherapyexercises.com This website has pictures and instructions for 500 exercises for strength and mobility categorized according to level of SCI and designed to be done without the aid of another person.
Traumatic Brain Injury (Severe and Mild)
- American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) This site does not provide information directly about traumatic brain injury. You may want to go directly to "links to resources."
- Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems
- Brain Injury Association
- The International Brain Injury Association (IBIA) is dedicated to the development and support of multidisciplinary medical and clinical professionals, advocates, policy makers, consumers, and others who work to improve outcomes and opportunities for persons with brain injuries.
- The Brain Injury Resource Center is a nonprofit clearing house providing information about brain injury and the impairments caused by it. The site also gives resources and support for dealing with brain injury.
- Waiting.com This site provides information about brain injuries, Rancho Los Amigos Scale/The Levels of a Coma, a glossary of terms, and a guide to brain anatomy.
- This site provides traumatic brain injury treatment guidelines presented by the State of Colorado.
- American Burn Association
- Regions Burn Center at Regions Hospital
- Burn Survivor This website provides a resource center both for burn survivors and medical professionals.
- Hennepin County Medical Center Burn Center Comprehensive burn care with multidisciplinary team approach.
- Essentia Health - Miller-Dwan Burn Center is a comprehensive regional burn care facility serving northeastern Minnesota, northwestern Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
- Specialized Burn Centers by State
- University of Chicago Electrical Trauma Program provides a comprehensive medical, neurological, neuropsychological, and functional evaluation following an electrical trauma.
- The Amputee Coalition of America is a national, nonprofit amputee consumer education organization and provides links to related sites, e.g., prosthetic services and manufacturers, DME, adaptive clothing, limb care, etc.
- The War Amps National Amputee Centre is a Canadian nonprofit organization whose site provides detailed information applicable to any amputee regarding artificial limbs, assistive devices, skin care, etc. One of the primary goals of The War Amps National Centre is to educate amputees and their families about all aspects of amputation.
- This comprehensive site is the global resource for Orthotics and Prosthetics. Among other features, it assists amputees in finding a local prosthetist and also gives information about prosthetic components.
- American Academy of Orthotics and Prosthetics This site has an online library search for topics relating to prosthetics and orthotics.
- American Council of the Blind
- Minnesota State Services for the Blind
- The American Foundation for the Blind
- Lighthouse International (Formerly National Association for Visually Handicapped)
- National Federation of the Blind
- Vision Loss Resources
Occupational and Environmental Medicine
- American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
- Duke University has developed an extensive list of governmental and private links dealing with occupational medicine. Scroll to their links to other resources.
- Center for Disease Control provides information about a variety of medical conditions that may be related to industrial injury.
- The University of Iowa has developed this website with a "virtual hospital" for information about dermatology.
- The American Academy of Dermatology has a search capability to pull out articles about various forms of contact dermatitis.
- American Lung Association
- Minnesota Society for Respiratory Care
- American Association for Respiratory Care
- United Network for Organ Sharing
- American Pain Society is a multidisciplinary organization for research and treatment of pain. The journal can be viewed online and contains information about pain etiology and treatment.
- The University of Wisconsin, through a grant from the Robert Woods Foundation, developed this site to provide information about pain and public policy. Policies of state medical boards relating to prescription of controlled medications are outlined. Also visit their links page.
- American Academy of Pain Management
- Emerging Solutions in Pain, an educational initiative dedicated to developing tools, information, and resources that support improved therapeutic outcomes for chronic pain patients by minimizing the risk of opioid misuse, abuse, and addiction.
- Minnesota Board of Medical Practice
- PubMed The national library of medicine provides a database of over nine million articles from contributing journals.
- Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) site has the full text of the recent ergonomics proposals relating to cumulative trauma disorders. Has an excellent research paper on the nature of CTDs.
- Medline Plus Health Information provides resources including drug information, dictionaries, medical encyclopedia, and other databases.
- Minnesota Department of Human Services website contains a large nursing home database and an extremely well-developed manual (chapter 24) outlining levels of care and provision of home care services.
- The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is a central organization for rehabilitation of major trauma. The journal, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, contains articles about brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputations, chronic pain, and other impairments. While many articles are technical medical studies, there are outcome studies that have useful information about return to work, community living, durable medical equipment, etc.
- Journal of Neurosurgery Public pages, site index, provides information about medical conditions that involve neurosurgeons.
- The Journal of the American Medical Association has a search engine that identifies articles which have been printed in previous editions. Also, special centers contain information about migraine and asthma and the treatment of these conditions.
- Wheeless' Textbook of Orthopaedics is a large collection of information about anatomy, diagnosis, and treatment of orthopedic disorders. It is rather technical but comprehensive.
- American Academy of Family Physicians website has full articles detailing anatomy, diagnosis, and treatment of work injuries. You must click on the journal and search for the topic. For example, if you want to read a review of conditions that cause pain in the shoulder, enter "shoulder pain," and relevant articles will be available for your review.