Spinal Cord Injury Treatment and Recovery | Southern Indiana Rehabilitation Hospital

Hi, my name is Erin Johnsen. I’m an occupational therapist at Southern Indiana Rehabilitation Hospital. Today, I am here to discuss the treatment
and recovery for patients that have sustained a spinal cord injury. The spinal cord runs
from the brain down to the pelvis. It carries messages from the brain to the rest of our
body, affecting walking, breathing, movement, blood pressure and control of the bowels and bladder. Injuries to the spinal cord can affect these functions, sometimes seriously, leading to loss of movement and control of bodily functions. The spinal cord can be damaged
through trauma as a result of an accident, or as a result of illness or infection. The impact of the damage depends on where the spinal cord is injured. For example, if the injury is in the cervical or thoracic area loss of use of the arms, legs can occur, and
breathing may be affected. Lower spinal cord injuries may affect the use of the legs, control of the stomach, bowel and bladder. Each injury and its effects can be unique and depend on the cause, circumstances and how quickly the injury is treated. Here at Southern Indiana
Rehabilitation Hospital our goal is to enable each person to obtain the highest level of independence in mobility, self-care, and adjusting to life after the spinal cord injury. Comprehensive, interdisciplinary patient assessments and treatments are designed to meet each individual
patient’s needs.

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