How to Use This Site

About our content:


Our Topics section is where information about the big topics related to spinal cord injury, like information about health conditions or health services, and information about SCI treatments, can be found. Topics pages provide informative documents that summarize what research evidence says about a topic. This information is usually provided in question and answer format and is also available for download as an English or French PDF. This section is updated regularly.

Research evidence about the effectiveness for each treatment is described as “strong evidence”, “moderate evidence”, or “weak evidence” based on how appropriate the type and number of research studies are for deciding if a treatment is effective or ineffective. Please see Understanding Research for more information about this rating system.


Instructional and educational videos about topics relevant to spinal cord injury are included in the Videos section. Videos are hosted on the SCIRE Project’s YouTube channel, and most of these are shared with our professional site.


Our Handouts section includes all of our documents as English and French PDFs, for convenient bookmarking for clinicians or other users.


The Resources section includes a collection of links to websites that have high quality educational resources, research resources, and links to community organizations and other groups.

SCIRE Professional

See the SCIRE Professional site if you are interested in more detailed information about individual studies and research methods written in academic language. If you are accessing this site as a health professional or researcher, you can check out the professional site for further content.

In the News

In our In the News section, we include updates about our site and new content. We also periodically invite guest authors with expertise in spinal cord injury care to write short articles on new research or areas of interest. We hope this section can help you keep up to date on our content and make sense of emerging research about spinal cord injury.


Navigating the site:

There are a few ways you can navigate through our content to find the information you need:

  • You can search the website using the search button on the top menu on every page.
  • You can browse our documents in the Topics section alphabetically or by area. Areas are groups of topics that are related to each other or treatments that are mainly used for a particular health condition.
  • You can also view all our documents in the Handouts / Les Documents section
  • You can also find links to related pages on any document page.


Other features:

Mobile users

The website is available in both desktop and mobile versions. On the mobile version, use the drop-down from the top to access the main menu.

Offline and Printing

PDFs of all our Topics and Treatments pages are available for printing and saving for offline use. These are available individually on each page and all together under Handouts / Les Documents. You will need software such as Adobe Acrobat to view downloaded PDF files.


On each Topic, Treatment, or In the News page nagivate to the top right and select the Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Email icon to share the page with others. You can also follow us on Twitter (@SCIRECommunity), Facebook, and YouTube (SCIREWebVideo). You will need to set up an accounts with these providers to use this feature.


Glossary terms are highlighted throughout our written content using a dotted underline. Hover over these words with your device’s pointer (using a computer) or tap on the word (using a mobile device) to see a pop-up definition or visit the glossary page.