Management of Spinal Cord Injuries book cover

Management of Spinal Cord Injuries

A Guide for Physiotherapists

Combining 25 years of clinical, research and teaching experience, Dr Lisa Harvey provides an innovative 5-step approach to the physiotherapy management of people with spinal cord injury. Based on the International Classification of Functioning, this approach emphasises the importance of setting goals which are purposeful and meaningful to the patient. These goals are related to performance of motor tasks analysed in terms of 6 key impairments. The assessment and treatment performance of each of these impairments for people with spinal cord injury is described in the following chapters:

  • training motor tasks
  • strength training
  • contracture management
  • pain management
  • respiratory management
  • cardiovascular fitness training

Dr Harvey develops readers' problem-solving skills equipping them to manage all types of spinal cord injuries. Central to these skills is an understanding of how people with different patterns of paralysis perform motor tasks and the importance of differentmuscles for motor tasks such as:

  • transfers and bed mobility of people
  • wheelchair mobility
  • hand function for people with tetraplegia
  • standing and walking with lower limb paralysis

This book is for students and junior physiotherapists with little or no experience in the area of spinal cord injury but with a general understanding of the principles of physiotherapy. It is also a useful tool for experienced clinicians, including those keen to explore the evidence base that supports different physiotherapy interventions.

Physiotherapy undergraduates, on clinical placement and newly qualified physiotherapists.

Paperback, 316 Pages

Published: December 2007

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-443-06858-4


  • Section 1: The Bare Essentials

    Chapter 1: Background information

    Chapter 2: A framework for physiotherapy management

    Section 2: Understanding how people with paralysis perform motor tasks

    Chapter 3: Transfers and bed mobility for people with lower limb paralysis

    Chapter 4: Wheelchair mobility

    Chapter 5: Hand function of people with tetraplegia

    Chapter 6: Standing and walking with lower limb paralysis

    Chapter 7: Training Motor tasks

    Chapter 8: Strength training

    Chapter 9: Contracture management

    Chapter 10: Pain management

    Chapter 11: Respiratory management

    Chapter 12: Cardiovascular fitness training

    Section 3: Environmental factors

    Chapter 13: Wheelchair seating

    Section 4: The way forward

    Chapter 14: Evidence-based physiotherapy

    Appendix: Innervation of muscles


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