Medical rehabilitation of spinal injury patients without central nervous system damage
Piotr Majcher, M. Fatyga, A. Skwarcz
Piotr Majcher, M. Fatyga, A. Skwarcz – Medical rehabilitation of spinal injury patients without central nervous system damage. Fizjoterapia Polska 2002; 2(1); 61-64
Based on the experience of the authors’ rehabilitation center is Lublin, the authors present the model of medical rehabilitation they have developed for patients with spinal injuries not involving damage to the central nervous system. The model is dependent on the type of treatment used for spinal injury (surgical or non-surgical). In the case of patients requiring surgery using internal fixation, medical rehabilitation includes preparation of the patient for surgery (over and above nursing activities) by means of respiration exercises, followed by kinesitherapy and physicotherapy after surgery in order to restore physical fitness as quickly as possible. In non-surgical procedures, medical rehabilitation includes physiotherapy, broadly conceived, involving one of three schemes: functional treatment without internal fixation, functional treatment after the application of internal fixation (young persons), and functional treatment for persons with cervical spinal injuries, using direct cranial traction. The authors point out the necessity for cooperation in the entire treatment team in proper rehabilitation procedure.
internal fixation, kinesitherapy, physicotherapy
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