A spinal cord injury (SCI) is typically a result of trauma to the spine. This trauma can cause a complete or incomplete tear of the spinal cord, which can lead to loss of sensation and muscle power below the level of the injury. Spinal cord injury can also be due to other causes such as tumours and spina bifida.
Physiotherapy for Spinal Cord Injury
MapleCare Physiotherapy can assist you to achieve your highest physical potential by treating the problems that arise following a spinal cord injury. During your initial assessment you and your physiotherapist will discuss realistic short- and long-term goals. The physiotherapy treatment you receive will be dependent on your symptoms, your goals, and the location and severity of your spinal cord injury.
Physiotherapy for patients with spinal cord injuries can include:
- Exercises and Stretches
- Joint Care
- Pain Control
- Advice for You and Those Caring for You On Handling Techniques
- Teaching You How to Use Specialized Exercise Equipment
- Teach Transfers (Getting In And Out of a Wheelchair, Bed, Car, Shower/Bath and Onto and Off a Toilet)
- Breathing Exercises and Chest Clearance Techniques
- Referral to Appropriate Health Professionals
The effects of physiotherapy can be:
- Increased Quality of Life
- Increased Independence
- Increased Muscle Strength
- Increased Energy Levels
- Reduced Pain and Muscle Spasms
- Reduced Stiffness
- Reduced Risk of Chest Infections
Having a spinal cord injury is a life-changing event for both you and your loved ones. At MapleCare Physio we aim to make our treatment sessions effective and enjoyable. This, combined with increased function and independence, allows our patients to lead as fulfilling lives as possible.