Early Intervention as an Agent for Recovery of Function After Spinal Cord Injury- A Single Case Study
International Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy
Volume 4, Issue 2, June 2018, Pages: 34-39
Received: Apr. 22, 2018; Accepted: May 21, 2018; Published: Jul. 9, 2018
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Priti Agni, Department of Neurophysiotherapy, K. J. Somaiya College of Physiotherapy, Mumbai, India
Ankita Bhanushali, Department of Neurophysiotherapy, K. J. Somaiya College of Physiotherapy, Mumbai, India
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This case study describes a task-specific training program for working and functional recovery in a young man with incomplete cervical spinal cord injury. The subject was 20 year old male with traumatic spinal cord injury after a fall from height. Prior to intervention, he was quadriplegic with severe motor and sensory impairment. Our goal was to recover the function. The subject underwent disectomy for anterolisthesis of C6 over C7. Acute spinal cord management was started followed by locomotor training, electrical stimulation, orthoses, specialised assistive devices. Outcome measures used were ASIA scale, walking index for SCI, SCIM, Fatigue severity scale, Beck depression scale, SCI-FAI. It was found that specific interventions were intentionally selected in the development of treatment program which helped in the functional recovery of the patient. After 3 and half months treatment, the subject was able to walk with the assistance of AFOs and walker, and was able to perform ADLs independently. The magnitude of his functional improvements could be attributed to early intervention and neuroplasticity.
Rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Injury, Quadriplegia, Task Specific Intervention
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Priti Agni, Ankita Bhanushali, Early Intervention as an Agent for Recovery of Function After Spinal Cord Injury- A Single Case Study, International Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy. Vol. 4, No. 2, 2018, pp. 34-39. doi: 10.11648/j.ijnpt.20180402.12
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