Physiotherapy for Transverse Myelitis

Transverse myelitis is a rare inflammatory neurological disorder. It is one of a group of “neuroimmunologic‟ diseases of the central nervous system that damages the spinal cord resulting effectively in a spinal cord injury, this can result in paraplegia or quadriplegia. Many people recover over a period of weeks however some are left with lifelong disability.

Transverse myelitis is a devastating disease which has life changing consequences. Everyone is different and every person with a spinal cord injury presents differently.

Physiotherapy post discharge from hospital can help to maximise your potential and help you manage your disability.

How physiotherapy can help:


  • Support and advice
  • Strength and flexibility
  • Techniques for transfers (bed, shower chair, bath, toilet, car, floor to chair)
  • Techniques for bed mobility
  • Wheelchair skills
  • Balance
  • Techniques and tips to be more independent
  • Fitness
  • Standing
  • Walking practice
  • Re-education of movement patterns
  • Gait re- education
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Pain control
  • Musculoskeletal problems
  • Wheelchair advice
  • Seating and posture
  • Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES)
  • Provision of orthotics
  • Advice regarding equipment, activities and assistive technology
  • Teaching support workers and carers

We work with you to achieve targets and build on those to achieve your potential. People are often surprised by what they can do and how small improvements can make such a difference in confidence, energy efficiency and quality of life.

At Tops Fitness and Rehabilitation in Wakefield, our experienced neuro physiotherapists have an active, hands on practical approach, to rehabilitation. We will work with you to achieve a better quality of life.

Work hard to get good then work harder to be better

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