Restoring Function and Return-to-Work after Spinal Cord Injury: PEAK Strategies

57 Minutes
SKU: 17ACOEM-205

CME/MOC: 1.0
TRACK: OEM Education and Scientific Research

Candace Tefertiller, PT, DPT, NCS, Craig Hospital, Englewood, CO

Approximately 12,000 individuals sustain a spinal cord injury (SCI) each year. In 2016, the mean age of individuals who experienced a SCI was 40.2 years which means that the majority were also engaged in the workforce. Historically, it has been challenging for individuals to return-to-work after an SCI due to ongoing health-related issues, as well as mobility limitations. However, there have been recent technological advancements that have facilitated greater recovery of function and mobility after a SCI allowing many individuals to return to their previous employment. These advancements have also led to the development of activity-based therapy community centers which provide ongoing access and support. This presentation will review recent technological advancements that have resulted in improved mobility and wellness outcomes and will be supported by case studies depicting healthy and productive individuals who have returned to work after a SCI.

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