Allen Fiske would rather run his sailboat charter company than deal with another skin flap surgery.

Allen Fiske would rather run his sailboat charter company than deal with another skin flap surgery. He carefully watches his diet, and especially makes sure he takes in enough protein and vitamins.

According to journal articles, up to 80 percent of people with spinal cord injuries will have at least one pressure sore during their lifetime, and 30 percent will have two or more. In rehab we are taught the basics about keeping skin healthy — having a therapist fit you for the proper cushion or seating system, doing weight shifts every 15-20 minutes and using a mirror to check daily for “hot spots” on buttocks, thighs, and other hard-to-see areas. But many of us overlook the importance of being active and developing good eating habits, which also help reduce the incidence of skin breakdown.

Stay Active
According to several clinical practice guidelines, being active and having a positive outlook reduces your risk for pressure sores. This includes social activities, hobbies, work, attending school or volunteering. Staying involved with family, friends and your community not only improves your overall health and state of mind, it also means you are more likely to pay attention to y