After a spinal cord injury such as spinal cords tumours, spinal cord or vertebral infections, multiple sclerosis, and spinal cord infarctions, you may need a spinal cord injury rehabilitation. This is to enhance recovery and assist in adapting to the new lifestyle.
Spinal cord rehabilitation’s main objective is to:
- Help address your ongoing needs
- Provide emotional support
- Enhance your physical, mental and emotional functionality
- Provide spinal cord injury-specific education and resources
The current literature supports conservative treatment for most spinal problems. Physical activity, including graded motor exposure and motor control exercise, can in most cases help prevent the need for spinal surgery. In this practice, we do a full assessment of you and your spine in your functional environment, and we look at the following:
- Biopsychosocial history and information taking to create context and determine the needs of your everyday activity;
- We use objective scientifically validated questionnaires to guide our assessment and help determine the best course of treatment;
- We assess your range of motion, postural instabilities and strength/weaknesses that could contribute to your pain.
We will always use a patient-centred approach where treatment is guided by the patient's goals. We include patient education, mindfulness techniques and different exercise strategies to try and prevent surgery at all cost. Only once all conservative treatment strategies have been exhausted, do we work closely with the orthopaedic or neurosurgeon to prepare your body for the surgery and to keep the recovery period as short as possible.
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