Spinal Cord Injury

How PhysioFunction Can Help with Spinal Cord Injury.

Spinal CordIinjury (SCI) occurs when the spinal cord gets damaged following an accident, falls, sporting injuries, or following diseases, such as Polio, Spinal Bifida or Transverse Myelitis.

The damage to the spinal cord might be due to severing (total or partial), crushing/compression, or over-stretching/tearing. It is not the same as having a “broken back/neck” as this refers to a fracture of one or more of the vertebrae (bones that make up the spine), which does not necessarily lead to spinal cord injury.

PhysioFunction's Neurological Physiotherapy treatment is aimed at addressing the problems that can occur following SCI so that an individual can maximise their potential for recovery and therefore maximise their independence.

Whether the personal injury to that individual has resulted in quadriplegia/tetraplegia or paraplegia, treatment should be focused on what their needs are. Once the physiotherapist has made their assessment, and the individual has expressed what they would like to achieve, an appropriate course of physiotherapy can be agreed which will aid an overall rehabilitation and maximise recovery.

Depending on the level of Spinal Cord Injury and its nature whether it be complete or incomplete, the problems associated can include:

  • Muscle weakness/paralysis
  • Reduced ability to breathe
  • Loss of general mobility and balance
  • Loss of functional movement
  • Poor posture
  • Pain

Treatment should be focused upon that individual and tailored specifically to their condition. A treatment programme is formulated following a thorough physical assessment which might include:

  • Stretching activities to maintain muscle and tendon length and reduce or keep muscle spasms/spasticity to a minimum.
  • Flexibility and strengthening exercises for the whole body.
  • Breathing exercises to maximise lung function and prevent chest infection.
  • Balance and posture exercises which can help to reduce pain associated with poor posture and balance impairment and ensure correct transfer techniques (in/out of wheelchair, bed, toilet/bath, car etc.)
  • Functional activities to improve fundamental movement patterns such as rolling over and sitting up, and standing where appropriate.
  • Walking re-education, if there is sufficient muscle activity and power in the legs.

Your physiotherapist might also be able to advise an individual on use of appropriate equipment such as wheel-chairs and pressure releasing cushions, exercise equipment and electrical muscle stimulators (EMS)/Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) e.g. Odstock PACE, WalkAide, Bioness, Ottobock MyGait, Ottobock ActiGait, and Exoskeletons including REX.

With appropriate treatment and by challenging an individual during recovery, together with sound advice and encouragement, Neurological Physiotherapy can indeed maximise your independence.

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Posted on 11th December

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From our clients

Neil Burton

"At no point have I ever felt unsafe & the improvements are clear to see"

"I only have really positive things to say about PhysioFunction. As a severely disabled person on a ventilator, I found it difficult to get the physio I needed through the NHS simply down to the lack of resources, PhysioFunction was recommended to me and since then my physio has come on leaps and bounds. The whole company from admin through to physios are professional & easy to talk to, extremely knowledgeable & helpful. The range of equipment is fantastic & the enthusiasm the physio's show rubs off on you and only empowers you to work harder. They thrived on the challenge of getting a ventilated, paralysed client in the Hydro pool & its worked brilliantly! At no point have I ever felt unsafe & the improvements are clear to see. 5* highly recommended company!" - Neil

Treatment Received: Hands on Therapy, Aquatic Therapy, FES Cycling.

To find out more about our services or how we can help you, please contact PhysioFunction or call 0800 043 0327