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.
Spinal Cord Injury is a complex pathology with many different clinical presentations. Best practice requires skills in assessment, treatment and rehabilitation when working with individuals with acute and chronic impairment as a result of a spinal cord injury. Spinal Cord Injury is a large topic area, and can be studied as an area of clinical specialism within Physiotherapy, therefore this programme of courses is by no means exhaustive. These courses will provide an overview of physiotherapy practice relating to Spinal Cord Injury to develop a foundation of knowledge that will enable you to assess and treat individuals with acute and chronic impairment as a result of Spinal Cord Injury. It will provide an understanding of the anatomy, structure, clinical presentation, assessment and management of spinal cord injury based on the latest evidence available.
This course aims to provide a basic theoretical understanding of the management of Spinal Cord Injury in order to equip physiotherapists with sufficient knowledge to manage a person following a Spinal Cord Injury. This includes assessing impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions, setting appropriate goals for treatment, formulating an evidence-based treatment plan, implementing treatment and evaluating its success.
This programme consists of four separate online courses and an assignment:
- Introduction to Spinal Cord Injury
- Spinal Cord Injury Assessment
- Management of Spinal Cord Injury
- Specific Therapeutic Interventions for Spinal Cord Injury
- Final assignment
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 4-6 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 24 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.