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Spinal Cord Injury refers to any damage to the spinal cord resulting from trauma, disease or degeneration with symptoms dependant on both the severity of injury and its location on the spinal cord. According to the World Health Organisation there is no reliable estimate of global prevalence of spinal cord injury, but it is estimated that annual global incidence varies from 40 to 80 cases per million population, which means between 250,000 to 500,000 people acquire a spinal cord injury every year. Approximately 90% of these cases occur as a result of traumatic causes, though the proportion of non-traumatic spinal cord injury appears to be growing. This course will focus on developing an understanding of spinal cord injury; what it is, what causes it, how often it occurs, what you might expect to see, the impacts it has on movement and what other associated conditions may occur. We need to be able to answer these questions in order to understand our role as physiotherapists in the management of spinal cord injury.
The aim of this course is to provide comprehensive knowledge of spinal cord anatomy, clinical presentations and to examine both local and global prevalence.
This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:
- Spinal Cord Structure and Function
- Epidemiology, Incidence and Global Burden of Spinal Cord Injury
- Understanding Spinal Cord Injury
- Associated Conditions and Medical Complications
This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.
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 3-4 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 - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. 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 3 Physioplus 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:
- Respect the Physioplus Community Culture.
- Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
- Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
- Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
- Complete a course evaluation form.
At the end of this course you will be able to:
- list at least 3 risk factors for spinal cord injuries
- identify the most common mechanism of injury associated with spinal cord injuries
- discuss at least 1 function of each subdivision of the central and peripheral nervous systems and their connections
- describe the correct location of the spinal cord
- identify the common loss of function associated with each of the 6 types of patterns of incomplete spinal cord injury
- list the correct symptoms of at least 7 complications following a spinal cord injury
Australian Physiotherapy Council
APC Accredited Continuing Professional Development
Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (ProCert)
Puerto Rico, United States - Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
ProCert has awarded certification in the amount of 2 Continuing Competence Units (CCUs) to this course
South African Society of Physiotherapy
South African Society of Physiotherapy: PPB007/PT001/2021/035 (4 General CEUs Level 1)
Texas Physical Therapy Association
United States - Texas
The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #2312053TX and meets continuing competence requirements for PT and PTA licensure renewal in Texas. This activity will provide 4.85 CCUs.
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Physioplus meets the CPD standards of the Health and Social Professions Council of Ireland (CORU). All activities completed on Physioplus are accepted and can contribute towards your continued professional development.
Physioplus meets the CPD standards of the Physiotherapy Board of NZ. All activities completed on Physioplus are accepted and can contribute towards your continued professional development.
United Kingdom UK (HCPC)
Physioplus meets the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) CPD standards and all activities completed on Physioplus are accepted by the HCPC and can contribute towards your continued professional development.
United States – Montana
The State Board does not pre-approve any activities or sponsors for CE credits. Physioplus courses should fulfil requirements for professional development as Category B activities.
United States – States accepting accreditation from other States
Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Virginia
The state board of physical therapy accepts courses accredited by other States. As a result, Physioplus courses should fulfil requirements for professional development based on the Texas Physical Therapy Association accreditation - please check with your state board.
United States – States not requiring accreditation
Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Utah, Washington
The state board of physical therapy either does not require course pre-approval or does not require CEUs for re-licensure. As a result, Physioplus courses should fulfil requirements for professional development - please check with your state board.
This course is awesome and an eye-opener in the understanding of SCI. It’s a great resource that will definitely change my way of handling these patients. Bravo Physioplus!!
Physiotherapist, New Zealand
This is a great course to introduce you to neuroanatomy and spinal cord injury. I would recommend doing this module before commencing more specific modules around assessment and treatment as you will have a better understanding of why these assessments or interventions are being performed.
Physiotherapist, Iran, Islamic Republic Of
All you need to know in a very easy way to understand