Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury

Overview

A traumatic spinal cord injury occurs when there is damage to the spinal cord.  These injuries can cause paralysis or paresis to any part of the body located below the level of the injury. Spinal cord injury can manifest itself as tetraplegia (involving all 4 limbs) or paraplegia (involving the legs). If an individual sustains a traumatic spinal cord injury it is likely that he/she will be managed in a hospital with surgery prior to requiring any therapy. Depending on how severe the injury is, the patient can receive inpatient rehabilitation or be sent home and require outpatient therapy. In some cases individuals are linked with appropriate therapists in the community, however, often the patient and family do need to seek out appropriate services at some point after the injury.

Therapist Credentials

Your therapist should have experience in treating patients with neurological deficits in particular those related to spinal cord dysfunction. Your therapist should be able to retrain postural control and balance, sitting, reaching, standing and walking.

To find therapists with expertise in the treatment of traumatic spinal cord injury and neurological deficits related to spinal cord dysfunction, go to the Therapist Search page and follow the instructions to search for an STN member in your local area.