A spinal cord injury can occur as a result of trauma, malignancy or other clinical syndromes and describes involvement/damage to the actual spinal cord. It can result in a pattern of disruption of motor and sensory pathways between the brain and the rest of body depending on where the damage occurs.
Depending on the level of the spinal cord and the degree of damage, a number of symptoms can occur, including:
- Muscle weakness
- Altered sensation
- Muscle spasms and spasticity
- Bladder and bowel problems
- Loss of sexual function
- Difficulties with mobility and everyday functions and activities
Physiotherapy is focused on improving your sitting, standing, transfers and walking and our team have the skill and experience to assist you in your goals. The physiotherapist will closely assess and may address the following in order to help you achieve your goals:
- Postural management
- Spasticity management
- Strengthen weak muscles
- Pain management
- Working with relatives and carers to advise and educate
- Assess equipment needs
Our experienced Occupational Therapists will assess, access and trial appropriate equipment including seating and pressure care. They will assess all domains of your everyday life such as your ability to access the community and drive again and work with you to optimise independence and enjoyment in all these areas of your life.
Our rehab programs are individually tailored and can be provided at home, clinic or your place of work.