Elaine Rogers, PT
Physical Therapist, VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle
Elaine Rogers has worked for the Veteran Health Administration since 1995, specializing in Spinal Cord Injury at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. She is also a Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of America certified Assistive Technology Professional. Elaine specializes in wheelchair specifications, works in the adaptive sports clinic, and has presented nationally on wheelchairs and seating, along with contributing to several research projects.
Rogers’ video interview addresses specific questions about the role of a physical therapist after a spinal cord injury and the typical goals, such as range of motion, that patients need to reach. She offers suggestions about how families can support their loved ones during the physical therapy process. She answers questions about pressure ulcers (bedsores), and proper wheelchair transfers, She gives detailed information about wheelchair fitting, and the day-to-day concerns when switching from a manual to a power wheelchair.