Online Course
Introduction to Gait Rehabilitation in Spinal Cord Injury
Enhance your knowledge of walking recovery using compensatory strategies in spinal cord injury

2-2.5 hours





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Maha Tayseer Mohammad
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Maha is an Associate Professor of Physiotherapy with many research interests, including neurological physiotherapy

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Regaining the ability to walk is an essential goal for many individuals with spinal cord injuries. There are several rehabilitation approaches used in walking recovery for patients with spinal cord injury, including the plasticity-based approach and the compensatory approach. A key feature of the compensatory approach is that patients use their remaining abilities to complete the task of walking with compensations. Compensations might include the use of orthoses, ambulatory devices and other technology. The degree of walking recovery achieved depends on many factors, including the level and severity of injury, as well as specific patient factors. Understanding prognostic factors influencing recovery is essential when selecting therapeutic interventions. This course discusses the predictors for functional walking outcomes and different aspects of gait rehabilitation in spinal cord injury.


This course aims to introduce predictors for walking recovery in individuals with spinal cord injury, the compensatory approach to gait rehabilitation and orthoses used in walking recovery.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video 1: Gait Rehabilitation for a Patient with Spinal Cord Injury
  2. Video 2: Assistive Devices Used in Gait Rehabilitation for a Patient with Spinal Cord Injury
  3. Reading activity
  4. Video 3: Gait Rehabilitation for a Patient with Spinal Cord Injury Practical Demonstrations
  5. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants including but not limited to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation Doctors, Rehabilitation Nurses, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Psychologists, Audiologists, Dietetics, Social Workers. Community Health Workers, Nurses or Medical Doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


  • Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.
  • Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 2-2.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
  • Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.
  • Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.7 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • describe the compensatory approach to walking recovery and key requirements of functional ambulation, community ambulation, and outdoor walking
  • discuss key predictors for walking recovery in individuals with spinal cord injury and potential outcomes based on the level and severity of a spinal cord injury
  • identify key rehabilitation interventions to assist walking recovery in individuals with spinal cord injury, including standing and gait training exercises and the use of orthoses and walking aids

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Maha Tayseer Mohammad: No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


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