Laura Wehrli, PT
Physical Therapist/Supervisor, Spinal Cord Injury Unit, Craig Hospital, Colorado
Laura Wehrli began her career in spinal cord injury rehabilitation at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, NY in 2000, and is currently the Physical Therapy Supervisor in Spinal Cord Injury at Craig Hospital. Laura has spent most of her career working with patients with spinal cord injuries in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. She is a presenter with Spinal Cord Injury Seminars, Inc and has also given lectures at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting, International Seating Symposium, Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (ASCIP) Conference, and Canadian Seating and Mobility Conference (CSMC). Laura Wehrli has assisted in editing chapters in two textbooks and is currently an adjunct faculty member for the University of Colorado PT program. She is now serving on the executive board of ASCIP and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.
Wehrli answers basic questions in her video interview about the role of a physical therapist after a spinal cord injury, how families can assist their loved ones with physical therapy, information about contractures and how to prevent them, and important information about pressure ulcers (bedsores)and skin breakdown prevention. She also talks about the importance of proper wheelchair fitting, how to get a good wheelchair tune-up, and when to know it’s time to preplace a wheelchair.