Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Recovery from a spinal cord injury involves significant challenges and important choices. Dr. Edward Hill discusses recovery and rehabilitation after such injuries in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Treatment for spinal cord injuries can be divided into two stages: acute and rehabilitation. The acute phase begins at the time of injury, and lasts until the person is stabilized.

Once the acute phase is over and the person has been stabilized, he or she enters the rehabilitation stage of treatment. Treatment during this phase has the goal of returning as much function as possible to the person. Because all spinal cord injuries are different, a unique plan using a team-based approach is designed to help the person function and succeed in everyday life.

The plan often includes:

Helping the person understand his or her injuries

Helping the person understand the details regarding his or her care

Helping the person become as independent as possible in everyday activities such as bathing, eating, dressing, grooming and wheelchair use

Helping the person learn how to instruct caregivers in how to assist them, and

Preparing them for vocational rehabilitation

Rehabilitation usually occurs at an approved and accredited spinal cord injury treatment center.

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