Online Course
Overview of Spinal Cord Injuries
Learn about the complexities of SCI including the causes, aetiology, epidemiology, and complications

1-1.5 hours





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Melanie Harding (Skeen)
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Melanie has considerable experience in spinal cord rehabilitation, both as a clinician and a tutor

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Learning, Acting and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems

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Spinal cord injury results in the loss of a muscle's ability to generate power, sensation, and the ability to control the bowel and bladder. Rehabilitation efforts concentrate on preventing secondary complications due to mobility loss. State-of-the-art technology provides mechanical assistance for patients to relearn walking or moving their arms. This course is an introduction to the topic of spinal cord injury. It aims to cover the history of spinal cord rehabilitation, the aetiology, epidemiology, and the complications of spinal cord injuries, as well as their classification, spinal cord injury syndromes, prognosis, and factors that affect outcomes.


This course aims to provide you with a foundational knowledge of the complexity of spinal cord injuries.


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
  2. Reading activity
  3. 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.


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 1-1.5 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 - 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 0.9 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:

  • discuss the history, aetiology and epidemiology of spinal cord injury
  • describe complications following spinal cord injury
  • explain the classification of spinal cord injuries and differences between incomplete spinal cord injury syndromes
  • discuss the prognosis and outcomes of spinal cord injuries
Featured reviews
This course is fantastic! It has helped me so much.
Dickie Roland
This comprehensive spinal cord injury program is amazing, as it offers a vaste coverage of physiotherapy management, ICF, and many other topics. It was the best course for me!
Innocent Mukangahe
The course has a clear, simple and concise style, and the pictures made it a little easier!
Amr Mohamed Mahmoud
A wonderful and complete course on SCI and how to evaluate the patient. Thank you دورة رائعه وكاملة عن اصابات النخاع الشوكي وكيفية تقييم المريضشكرا لكم
Avin Ramadan Darwish
Physical Therapist
Great engaging short course!
Lucinda Hampton