As soon as you are stabilized after
spinal cord injury (SCI), your transition into
rehabilitation (rehab) begins. The initial focus of rehab is to prevent
complications related to your SCI and for you to relearn how to do daily
functions, sometimes by using different muscle groups.
centers help you adjust-physically and emotionally-to life with less mobility
and feeling than you previously had. What rehab does depends on which part of
your spine was injured. Rehab can include learning how to:
Build muscular endurance, strengthen bones, and maintain or
Do daily functions and activities.
Learn how to move yourself from a wheelchair to a bed, chair,
or other location.
Learn how to perform daily tasks, such as brushing your
teeth and cooking.
Prepare for your life after rehab.
Learn how to cope with your feelings. Many people with an SCI
go through a
Learn how to communicate your needs.
Learn how to be intimate physically and emotionally.
Rehab for an SCI generally takes
place in a special center. You and your family work with a
rehab team, which includes your doctor, rehab nurses, and specialists such as
occupational therapists. Your rehab team designs a
unique plan for your recovery that will help you recover as much function as
possible, prevent complications, and help you live as independently as
Choosing the right rehab center is important. Be sure
that you choose one that meets your specific needs. Before choosing a rehab
ask questions about its staff, accreditation, activities, and how it
transitions you back into your community.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
February 16, 2011
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