Spinal Cord Injury
Every 8 hours someone is paralysed by a spinal cord injury.
Tops has been providing physiotherapy for spinal cord injury in Yorkshire since 2005.
Spinal cord injuries can be the result of trauma, damage, disease or surgery to the spinal cord. The results can range from loss of feeling in parts of the body through to full body paralysis. Damage to the cervical region of the spinal cord (the neck) can result in loss of both feeling and movement in the upper body, arms and hands: This is described as Tetraplegia or quadriplegia. Damage to the sacral, lumbar or thoracic region of the spinal column often results in the loss of feeling and movement in the lower limbs and parts of the body: This is described as Paraplegia.
As a result of improved paramedic and medical intervention there has been an increase in the number of incomplete spinal cord injuries. People with SCI have the ability to improve a long time after their initial injury and live a normal lifespan and being affected by ageing with a spinal cord injury. Everyone is different and every person with a spinal cord injury presents differently.
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
- Techniques and tips to be more independent
- Walking practice
- Re-education of movement patterns
- Gait re- education
- 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, quality of life and energy efficiency to do more. It just goes to show how important rehabilitation for spinal cord injury is!
See http://www.spinal.co.uk/ for further information