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A spinal cord injury (SCI) is damage to the spinal cord that causes changes in its function, either temporary or permanent. These changes translate into loss of muscle function, sensation, or autonomic function in parts of the body served by the spinal co
This course provides physiotherapists with a background about the assessment of spinal cord injury and different treatment techniques or approaches used in spinal cord injury rehabilitation. It describes the different methods of assessing the different condition of spinal cord injury. It also describes the complete management of spinal cord injury included tetraplegia, paraplegia and Cauda equine injur.It contains the brief description and clinical and practical implementations of different treatment techniques used in rehabilitation of spinal cord injury.
Level of Study
Introduction to Spinal Cord Injury Pain
Course code: MSSM-712
Following a spinal cord injury pain is a common occurrence in tetraplegic (quadriplegic) and paraplegic individuals both immediately following an injury, and long term, sometimes for life. The type of pain experienced can vary widely, be difficult to locate and may be a symptom of a variety of different problems. Pain can be experienced in areas of the body with normal sensation and areas with no sensation. Understanding the different types of pain experienced is key to finding a method of pain control, either through medication or non medicinal therapies.Pain is a clinical symptom in which a normal functioning body tells the brain that there is something wrong with an organ, bone or muscle group.
In order to treat pain we must usually find the source of a problem and treat the condition which in turn eases the pain. When the spinal cord is damaged nerve fibres within the spinal cord and nerve roots exiting the spinal cord and vertebral space may no longer function correctly. This damage may send false pain signals to the brain or interfere with pain signals, changing the type of pain sensation experienced.
Pain can have a negative impact on an individuals quality of life, lead to depression and cause anxiety and stress.
In some individuals pain may come and go In others the pain may be permanent. Pain in a person with a spinal cord injury can still help diagnose an underlying problem such as a bladder, bowel or skin issue. Pain can also be caused by over exertion, physical fatigue, stress, tiredness or depression. Even changes in room temperature can affect the levels of pain experienced.
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