Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
These injuries are often traumatic and the spinal cord can be either partially injured or completely severed. This leads to the terms incomplete and complete spinal cord injuries and these result in varying levels of recovery. For incomplete injuries, muscles can continue to recover for long periods of time and a significant amount of function may return. For complete injuries there is an absence of movement and sensation below the level of the injury.
Treatment therefore depends on your specific injury. People with complete injuries may need to focus on upper body strengthening, standing frame routines, stretches, transfers or wheelchair skills. Those with incomplete injuries may require assistance to maximise the recovery of movement in the areas of the body that have been affected. This may include work on hand function, transfers, balance and walking where possible. Functional Electrical Stimulation or Orthotics may be helpful adjuncts to treatment.
The aims of all treatments are ensure that each individual gets the best possible opportunity to become as independent as possible.
For more information please see:
Spinal Injuries Scotland www.sisonline.org
Back Up www.backuptrust.org.uk
Spinal Research www.spinal-research.org
Spinal Injury Association www.spinal.co.uk