What’s the Best Treatment for Spinal Chord Injuries?

By: Cole Monson

You Guessed It! Physical Therapy!

Spinal Chord Injuries can range from minor to severe and can effect a patients life drastically. Luckily with modern medicine and ever evolving discoveries physical therapy can help rehabilitate a person. There are roughly 12,000 people ever year that suffer a spinal chord injury and while 30% of them are not able to participate in physical therapy 70% are able to begin the road to recovery with physical therapy.

Spinal Cord Injury rehabilitation usually focuses on the delivery of a comprehensive, highly integrated, and intensive program of therapy care to address the complex needs of each patient. Exercise after a spinal chord injury is just as important as physical therapy. While difficult at times, research has shown that exercise improves respiration (breathing), muscle strength, and circulation along with reducing the risk of secondary complications. Spinal Chord Injuries are one of the hardest to recover from but with proper physical therapy treatments and consistent exercise, you’ll be back on your feet in no time!

References:
  • kessler-rehab.com/programs/spinal-cord-injury-rehab
  • sci.washington.edu/info/forums/reports/exercise_2013.asp
  • ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4116720
  • emedicine.medscape.com/article/1265209-overview
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