presented by Candy Tefertiller
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Candy Tefertiller, PT, DPT, NCS
Candy Tefertiller, PT, DPT, ATP, NCS, is the Director of Physical Therapy at Craig Hospital. Candy received a BS in Biology from Mount Olive College in 1997 and a master’s in Physical Therapy from East Carolina University in 2000. She then completed a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Rocky Mountain Health Care University in…Read full bio
1. Compensation and Recovery
It’s important for clinicians to understand the differences between recovery-based, compensatory-based and restorative-based therapies as well as the neural mechanisms associated with each type of rehabilitation approach.
2. Functional Expectations: All Levels of Injuries
This chapter will discuss functional expectations that should be achieved by an individual who sustains an SCI regardless of their level of injury. Some of the goals individuals with SCI should achieve prior to leaving inpatient rehabilitation that will be discussed in this chapter include upright tolerance, ability to utilize appropriate seating systems to support posture and maximize function, ability to utilize appropriate mobility device(s) to maximize functional mobility and independence, and maintaining intact skin.
3. Cervical Injuries
There are many important areas to address when providing rehabilitation for an individual with a cervical spinal cord injury to ensure they achieve maximum function, independence and quality of life. The following are important components of a rehabilitation program that individuals with cervical SCI should be engaged in: respiratory training, bed mobility, transfers, wheelchair mobility, weight shifts, skin care, bowel/bladder training and care, sexual function, psychosocial health, and community mobility/travel.
4. Thoracic and Lumbar Injuries
There are many important areas to address when providing rehabilitation for an individual with thoracic and lumbar SCIs to ensure they achieve maximum function, independence, and quality of life. The following are important components of a rehabilitation program that individuals with thoracic/lumbar SCI should be engaged in: respiratory training for intercostal muscles, bed mobility, transfers (car, floor, community, recreation), wheelchair mobility skills (wheelies, ramps, curbs, stairs, loading into car), ambulation potential, skin care, bowel/bladder training and care, sexual function, and health and wellness.