Spinal Cord Injuries 4

Thursday, September 09, 2010

In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill continues his series on spinal cord injury with the acute hospital care of these injuries.

Dr. Hill:

Immediate treatment for spinal cord injury may include medications, immobilization and surgery.

After the initial injury or disease stabilizes, doctors turn their attention to problems that may arise from immobilization such as deconditioning, muscle contracture, bedsores, urinary infection and blood clots.

After the acute phase of treatment, you may undergo inpatient rehabilitation. A rehabilitation team will work with you to improve your remaining muscle strength and to give you the greatest possible mobility and independence. Your team may include a physical therapist, occupational therapist, nurse, psychologist, social worker, dietitian, recreation therapist and a doctor who specializes in physical medicine or spinal cord injury.

During the initial stages of rehabilitation, therapists usually emphasize regaining leg and arm strength, redeveloping fine-motor skills and learning adaptive techniques to accomplish day-to-day tasks. A program typically includes exercise, as well as training on the medical devices youll need to assist you, such as a wheelchair or equipment that can make it easier to fasten buttons or dial a telephone.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.