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What is a pressure release and why is it important for someone with an SCI?

What is a pressure release and why is it important for someone with an SCI?

Laura Wehrli, PT

Physical Therapist/Supervisor, Spinal Cord Injury Unit, Craig Hospital, Colorado

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In order to prevent pressure ulcers, we often teach patients or will teach patients how to perform pressure reliefs or weight shifts, depending on how you refer to those. And a pressure relief is essentially an intermittent change in posture in order... Show More

In order to prevent pressure ulcers, we often teach patients or will teach patients how to perform pressure reliefs or weight shifts, depending on how you refer to those. And a pressure relief is essentially an intermittent change in posture in order to off-weight those surfaces that they’re sitting on. So we may ask them to push up in their wheelchair, to lean forward in their wheelchair to off-weight those “ischial tuberosities” as we call them, under the buttocks, and be able to off-weight those surfaces and prevent pressure ulcers.

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What is a pressure release and why is it important for someone with an SCI?

Laura Wehrli, PT

Physical Therapist/Supervisor, Spinal Cord Injury Unit, Craig Hospital, Colorado

More Videos by Laura Wehrli
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In order to prevent pressure ulcers, we often teach patients or will teach patients how to perform pressure reliefs or weight shifts, depending on how you refer to those. And a pressure relief is essentially an intermittent change in posture in order to off-weight those surfaces that they’re sitting on. So we may ask them to push up in their wheelchair, to lean forward in their wheelchair to off-weight those “ischial tuberosities” as we call them, under the buttocks, and be able to off-weight those surfaces and prevent pressure ulcers.

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