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Course Description

This course utilizes content from the textbook “Spinal Cord Injuries Management and Rehabilitation by Sue Ann Sisto, PT, MA, PhD, Erica Druin MPT and Martha Macht Sliwinski, PT, MA PhD © 2009, published by Elsevier.
Instructional Level: Beginner to Intermediate
From hospital admittance to discharge to outpatient rehabilitation, this course addresses the wide spectrum of rehabilitation interventions and administrative and clinical issues specific to patients with spinal cord injuries.  Comprehensive coverage includes treatment costs, life expectancies, acute care, respiratory care, documentation, goal setting, clinical treatment, complications, and activities of daily living associated with spinal cord patients.

In addition to therapy interventions and family education components you’ll find information on incidence, etiology, diagnosis, and clinical features of spinal cord injury.  Thoroughly referenced, evidence-based content provides the best evidence for treatment, drawn from the most current research in the field.  Also included are “Clinical Note” boxes that offer helpful tips and advice for practical applications related to each discussion.  With more than 500 illustrations – clinical photos and line drawings – visually clarifying important concepts helping you to familiarize with each condition discussed.
To better meet your professional needs, this fully illustrated text of 552 pages has been carefully broken down into 4 modules.  Each module approved for 10 contact hours of post-graduate continuing education (NOTE: board approvals vary state to state, please check your states approval status in the state specific course catalog by returning to our home page and entering both your state and profession).
Each 10 contact hour module can be purchased individually or combined with one or all of the other modules from this course to create a Course Bundle.  Each course is offered in two easy formats to again meet your professional needs.  You can choose to have immediate access to your course by selecting the online format (PDF download) or a hard copy of the material can be rushed to your home by selecting our mail format. 

Module Description

Included in Module 1:  Medical Management, Psychological Adjustment and Evaluation
Chapter 1:  Understanding Spinal cord Injury and Advances in Recovery
Chapter 2:  Medical Management and Complications of Spinal Cord Injury
Chapter 5:  Psychological adjustment to Spinal Cord Injury
Chapter 6:  Evaluation
Chapter 22:  Functional and Psychosocial Aspects of Aging with Spinal Cord Injury
Chapter 23:  Quality of Life After Spinal Cord Injury

Module Goals

Course Goals:This course is intended to instruct the professional through a self-paced study of Medical Management, Psychological Adjustment and Evaluation in Spinal Cord Injuries.

Professional Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss common neurological level of injury when assessing the cervical region
  2. Differentiate between the ascending and descending pathways of the spinal tracts.
  3. List the three divisions of the autonomic nervous system and the functions associated with each division.
  4. Explain the required elements of the neurological examination as well as the optional elements.
  5. Differentiate between tetraplegia and paraplegia.
  6. Discuss central cord syndrome.
  7. Explain determinants of recovery for spinal cord injury patients.
  8. Discuss management of spinal stability with the use of orthoses.
  9. Recognize signs and symptoms associated with orthostatic hypotension and treatment options.
  10. Identify the risk of respiratory complications after spinal cord injuries.
  11. Define spasticity.
  12. List possible underlying issues that could contribute to the development of spasticity.
  13. Explain different types of pain associated with spinal cord injuries.
  14. Differentiate between environmental factors, personal factors and the combination of the two.
  15. Discuss emotional reactions associated with spinal cord injuries and the implications of each on the patient.
  16. Identify the benefits of counseling for patients who have a spinal cord injury.
  17. Explain the importance of the initial evaluation and the role it plays in therapeutic intervention.
  18. Discuss the importance of effectively interviewing both the patient and the family following a spinal cord injury.
  19. Discuss pain and effects of pain on the patient.
  20. Explain appropriate methods to evaluate bed mobility.
  21. Discuss the effects of aging on the spinal cord patient.
  22. Identify signs and symptoms associated with the decrease in skin resilience associated with the spinal cord injury patient.
  23. Define fatigue.
  24. Discuss the importance of implementing bracing and splinting as the spinal cord patient adjusts to aging.
  25. Discuss psychological distress to health and functioning