Posted on January 26, 2016

Effective therapies for patients with spinal cord injury

Spinal Cord Injury Motor Recovery RehabilitationA customized therapy plan is crucial for patients who have sustained a complete or incomplete spinal cord injury.

The Spinal Cord Injury Team at Mary Free Bed collaborates to determine the most appropriate rehabilitation methods to promote motor recovery after a spinal cord injury.

Mary Free Bed therapist Kristina Simpson, PT, MSPT, recently authored an article, “Promoting Motor Recovery After Spinal Cord Injury,” for the specialty publication “Rehab Management.”

In the piece, Kristina says: “After SCI, mobilization and gait training may be initiated early in inpatient rehabilitation. However, consideration should be made with regard to orthostatic hypotension, respiratory status, spinal stability and spasticity management…

“No one device or approach will universally be the solution. A therapist’s clinical judgement and creativity are essential in structuring a plan of care to maximize motor recovery and functional independence.”

The informative article explores options for addressing these concerns and details some of the specialized technologies and therapies in use at Mary Free Bed, such as the ZeroG gait system and FES cycle.

Click to read the article and learn more about motor recovery after spinal cord injury. Seeking rehabilitation for a spinal cord injury? Call 1.855.ASK.MARY.