Spinal Cord Injury Medical Expert Interviews

Occupational Therapy after Spinal Cord Injury

The goal of occupational therapists (OT) is to enable spinal cord injury patients to develop, recover, improve, and maintain the skills needed for daily living and working. They help patients learn techniques and find adaptations that maximize independence and self-care. Occupational therapists begin working with patients in the hospital and continue throughout the rehabilitation process and beyond.


In this section, four prominent occupational therapists answer common questions about their role (4 Q&A videos). They explain the techniques they teach to enable eating after a spinal cord injury (3 Q&A videos), cooking (3 Q&A videos), bathing (2 Q&A videos), getting dressed (2 Q&A videos) and hygiene and grooming (2 Q&A videos). They discuss how to cope with changes in bowel and bladder (1 Q&A video) and explore the world of assistive adaptations that enable people with SCI to use voice-activated technology (1 Q&A video), telephones and computers (2 Q&A videos) and to resume driving (3 Q&A videos).