A traumatic spinal cord injury can derail your life and distract you from making progress in your career and family. However, physical therapy can help treat some of your symptoms and bring you back to a more normal and stable life.
Low Extremity Function
When a person suffers from a traumatic spinal cord injury, they often lose control of their lower extremities i.e. their legs. As a result, most physical therapy focuses on trying to restore as much function to these areas as possible. A typical treatment includes:
- Position adjustment
- Walk therapy
- Swim therapy
While it is possible to recover the ability to walk using physical therapy, it is primarily designed to increase agility in the limbs while avoiding muscle deterioration.
Upper Extremity Function
While your upper extremity (arms) function may be unimpeded by a traumatic spinal cord injury, there may be some dysfunction, such as a lack of coordination. Physical therapy for these problems focuses on building your strength. Some exercises you may perform include:
- Puzzle boxes (for coordination)
- Lifting weights (to increase strength)
- Flexing and stretching exercises (for flexibility)
By increasing your upper body strength, you can help compensate for the loss of your lower extremities. It can also help you get the coordination you need to get a job you can perform, such as a secretary, accountant, or something similar.
With physical therapy options like this, you can work hard towards regaining a life that you love. To learn more about your options, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.