Created: January 15, 2014
Martha F. Somers, PT, DPT, and Joy Bruce, PT, PhD, Evan T. Cohen PT, PhD, Board-Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist; Linda Csiza, PT, DSc, Board-Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist; Herb I. Karpatkin, PT, DSc, Board-Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist
Spinal cord injury (SCI) causes partial or complete paralysis and disrupts the functioning of respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, and endocrine systems. It is a complex, multisystem condition that requires specialized care to optimize functional independence, community integration, and health. Physical therapists provide a wide range of rehabilitation services and play a key role in educating and training patients, caregivers, and families in strategies to improve quality of life and prevent medical complications.