Online Course
Spinal Cord Injury Physiotherapy Treatment Principles
Learn about complex physiotherapy interventions for SCI and become inspired!

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 (SCI) has a significant impact on an individual's health, quality of life, ageing, participation and socioeconomic status. The physiotherapy treatment for spinal cord injury is very complex. It must take into account not only paralysis, but also much wider consequences of impaired body functions, including bladder, bowel, respiratory, cardiovascular and sexual dysfunction. Moreover, physiotherapists must consider the social, financial and psychological implications of a spinal cord injury on each individual. This course considers these various factors when discussing treatment options for persons with spinal cord injuries.


This course aims to introduce basic physiotherapy treatments during the various stages of rehabilitation after a spinal cord injury.


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 1.1 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:

  • explain the impact of the early management of spinal cord injury on at least four out of six body systems
  • discuss early management physiotherapy techniques used to prepare patients with a spinal cord injury for functional activities
  • describe the physiotherapy management for spinal cord injury during the rehabilitation phase
  • list at least three new technologies used in the management of spinal cord injuries
  • discuss the role of physiotherapy in the later stages of spinal cord injury management
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