Regaining the ability to walk seems to be a major long-term goal of persons with spinal cord injury (SCI).1 Considering this and findings that persons with an incomplete SCI are likely to regain some level of walking ability,
4 exploring ways to facilitate “walking recovery” would be important in rehabilitation management.1
Read more: General Introduction
I’ve learned so much over the past six months – my injury has actually turned into a real opportunity for me.
Read more: Simon's Story
Five months into Simon’s rehabilitation, a Rehab-Cycle® began that focused on furthering the recovery of his walking ability. To start off the Rehab-Cycle® an assessment of Simon's functioning was conducted as the basis for defining the goals to address in rehabilitation.
Read more: Assessment
While the broad goals of community integration and independent living are common long-term goals set by persons with spinal cord injury (SCI), the steps toward reaching these goals can differ greatly from person to person.
Read more: Goal-setting/Determination of Intervention Targets
For each intervention target, appropriate interventions were identified and assigned to one or more of Simon’s rehabilitation team members.
Read more: Assignment and Intervention
I never expected to make so much progress so quickly. Now I can swim and ride a bike, but there are still some challenges. I’m nervous while swimming and can’t yet get onto a mountain bike, which I find really disappointing. But I know these will also improve with time and practice.
Simon at the end of the Rehab-Cycle®
Read more: Evaluation
Rehabilitation incorporating walking as a goal requires both the guidance and support of the rehabilitation team and the focus and determination of the injured person.
Read more: Discussion