There is no total cure for SCI and specialist spinal cord injury physiotherapy and occupational therapy have been the primary forms of treatment. However, in the last decade, medical technology has moved forward and continues to do so. One of the breakthrough treatments is epidural stimulation. Whilst epidural stimulation is not a cure, with patients still living with physical impairment, it is a major step forward, offering patients the opportunity to regain some function, increase independence and have an improved quality of life. When combined with our specialist spinal cord injury physiotherapy, mobility improvements can be significant.
What Is Epidural Stimulation & How Does Spinal Cord Injury Physiotherapy Work With It?
- Reducing the risk of deep vein thrombosis
- Reducing episodes of orthostatic hypotension
- Decreasing risk of osteopenia/osteoporosis.
Following the epidural stimulation surgery, a patient rests for 48-72 hrs, allowing the body to recover. The physiotherapy part of the epidural stimulation treatment involves 5 hours of activity a day, challenging both mind and body. Patients spend 4 hours having the stimulator mapped to their body, which requires their energy and effort in order for results to be delivered. Then they undergo an hour of physical therapy to make sure that the programs are helping.
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