Physical Therapy after Spinal Cord Injury
Physical therapists (PT’s) enable spinal cord injury patients to get out of bed and get around in the world. They focus on teaching strengthening, movement and developing wheelchair skills.
We interviewed four top physical therapists about their work. Their videos focus on what’s important for patients to know about physical therapy (3 Q&A videos). They explain the meaning of key mobility functions (1 Q&A video) and “range of motion” (3 Q&A videos). They emphasize the importance of proper wheelchair transfers for patients (3 Q&A videos), and how family members can assist transfers (3 Q&A videos).They offer extensive advice and information on wheelchairs--how to select the right wheelchair (2 Q&A videos), proper fitting (2 Q&A videos), tune-ups (2 Q&A videos) and when to switch from a manual to a power wheelchair (1 Q&A video).
What's the most important thing for a patient to understand about physical therapy after a spinal cord injury?
What can families do to help with physical therapy after a spinal cord injury?
What are key mobility functions and why are they important?
What is range of motion and why is it important to maintain after a spinal cord injury?
What is a contracture and how is it prevented?
How do physical therapists help people with spinal cord injuries prevent pressure sores?
What is a pressure release and why is it important?
What do patients need to know about wheelchair transfers after a spinal cord injury?
What do family members need to know about how to assist with a wheelchair transfer after a spinal cord injury?
In what ways do physical therapists train family members after a spinal cord injury?
What do patients with spinal cord injuries need to know after leaving a rehabilitation center?
How long should physical therapy for a spinal cord injury continue after leaving a rehabilitation center?
What are the most important factors to consider when selecting a wheelchair for someone with spinal cord injury?
When should someone with a spinal cord injury replace their wheelchair?
What factors should be considered in making a choice between a power or manual wheelchair for someone with a spinal cord injury?
What are the day-to-day concerns when switching from manual to power wheelchair?
What are "power-assist" wheelchair wheels?