Spinal Cord Injuries are more traumatic emotionally, as well as physically, than most diagnoses. These injuries usually occur very quickly and can change a person’s life forever. Contact us today for a Free Consultation to start your path back to a strong and healthy lifestyle, just fill out the form to get started.
From the time of injury the patient is undergoing several changes and often relearning how to perform tasks that have been second nature to them since they were infants. After hospitalization and often a rehab stay, it will be time to choose an outpatient physical therapy team. It is vital that you choose a provider skilled and experienced in spinal cord injuries to give you the best chance of recovery.
There are generally two types of spinal cord injuries, complete and incomplete. Complete spinal cord injuries typically lose function below the level of the spinal cord that is involved. In these cases it is very important to learn compensations for movement and activities of daily living in a safe manner. An incomplete spinal cord injury can vary in the function that is preserved below the level of the injury. A thorough examination should be included to see which levels may still have innervation and this information should be incorporated into a skilled, specific treatment plan in order to optimize function. Incomplete injuries can both regain function through recovery and through compensation.
Carrie Caruso, PT, DPT, OCS, NCS is board certified in neurologic physical therapy which includes spinal cord injuries. Let us help you through the emotional and physical changes you are going through and help you to a better quality of life.