Spinal Cord Injury

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Why should a physical therapist, occupational therapist or athletic trainer take this spinal cord injury continuing education course?

Most teen spinal cord injuries occur during motor vehicle accidents or are sports-related injuries. Many pediatric injuries have been linked to a lack of or inadequate restraints when traveling in a motor vehicle. Not too long ago, if a person had a severe spinal injury, their life quality was limited. However, today many associations and institutions are committed to enhancing technology and care for the spinal cord injured patient. Now more than ever before, spinal cord rehabilitation can progress a person toward an independent quality of life.

Learn strategies for managing, progressing and rehabilitating patients with this spinal cord injury. Real spinal cord injured patients share their experiences and participate in a comprehensive evaluation and treatment approach demonstrated by an expert in spinal cord rehabilitation.

Rehab clinical tools instructed in this spinal cord injury rehab course to enhance your functional outcomes.

  • Sensory and motor testing techniques
  • Identifying the sensory motor relationship and progression of function
  • Specific instruction that will enhance your understanding and ability to deliver better patient care
  • Transfer training and progression

Specific instruction that will enhance your understanding and ability to deliver better patient care.

  • Various transfer strategies from the small infant to a larger more adult-sized patient
  • Bed mobility training and progression
  • Conventional model gait training and progressions

Features unique to this spinal cord injury course.

  • An expert in spinal cord injury rehabilitation conveys the passion and dedication necessary to progress complex spinal cord injured patients
  • Experience the stories of 18 year old Bonique who suffered a T11 spinal cord injury and 19 year old Rubi who suffered a transection of C6-7. Both were involved in motor vehicle accidents, thrown from vehicles and were injured a week apart. These two remarkable young ladies share their experience as a inspiration to other spinal cord patients

Professional Accreditation

This is an intermediate level course applicable for PT, PTA, OT, AT. Physical Therapy Accreditation: For specific state information, use the accreditation verification menu and select your state of license. AOTA: provider #4487, Occupational therapy professional development activity: Occupational Therapy Service Delivery, evaluation and intervention, and Foundation Knowledge: human body, development, and behavior. Athletic Trainers: BOC provider #P2047, category A. This course has not been submitted for Evidence-Based BOC approval.

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Spinal Cord Injury


  • CE Hours: 13.0 hrs, 1.3 CEU
  • Delivered: Online
  • Instant Online Access to Course Material for 365 days, Videos, Online Test and Printable Course Certificate with State Specific CEU approval

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  • 12 months of access to all online courses, course tests and state approval certificates.
  • Meet all your CE requirements. Pre-approved for PT, PTAs in AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, MA, ME, MI, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NM, NV, NY, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, and WY.
  • AOTA approved.
  • Designed for Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Athletic Trainers and Assistants.
  • Access to future courses and content.
  • Start, stop and resume, right where you left off in a course.
  • Real patient interviews.
  • Medical expert contributors.
  • 3D anatomy and medical illustrations.
  • Easy to use learning system for fast access to your courses.
  • Award winning content.
  • Top instructors teaching evidence based skills and techniques.

Learn from the Expert Selina Morgan, PT, DPT

Learn from the Expert Selina Morgan, PT, DPT

Selina Morgan, PT, DPT, graduated from Texas A & M University with a B.S. in health education in 1984, and the University of Texas Health Science Center in Dallas, School of Physical Therapy in 1986. She is actively involved in the physical rehabilitation of neurologically compromised patients with special interest in spinal cord injury and assistive technology. She has held offices in: The National Spinal Cord Injury Association-South Texas Chapter, the adhoc committee to improve handicap accessibility in San Antonio and the access planning committee of the Alamo Dome. Selina first gained teaching experience through her faculty position at the Texas Tech School of Physical Therapy in 1995. She continues to teach in areas of spinal cord injury, seating-mobility and assistive technology at the University of Texas Health and Science Center (schools of PT and OT) and the Army-Navy Baylor School of Physical Therapy at Fort Sam Houston. Selina has received credentials through RESNA as an assistive technology practitioner since 2003.

Course Objectives

Course Objectives
  • Compare the differences between the ASIA motor exam and manual muscle testing.
  • Identify the pitfalls of only using the ASIA exam for SCI evaluation.
  • Understand the challenges of applying standardized manual muscle testing to the spinal cord injured patient.
  • Identify incomplete spinal cord injury characteristics via deductive reasoning following a sensorimotor exam.
  • Identify key components to the therapy evaluation including:
  • a. Modified manual muscle test vs the ASIA assessment
    b. Sensory testing
    c. Functional skill elements and indications for treatment planning.
    d. Discuss goal setting and therapy techniques as they relate to various functional levels of injury.
  • Observe and practice patient handling techniques in a lab setting including:
  • a. Transfer training and progressions
    b. Bed mobility training and progressions
    c. Conventional model gait training and progressions
    d. Positioning for mechanical advantage to encourage optimal strengthening and facilitation
  • Observe and understand of the basic manual wheelchair components and benefits for gravity assisted positioning for task performance.

A Paraplegic’s Story

A Paraplegic’s Story
  • Here from an actual patient about her journey from trauma to life through therapy
  • T11 Injury
  • Quadriplegic screen

Performing Correct Transfers Part 1

Performing Correct Transfers Part 1
  • Dependent transfer with feet on floor
  • Dependent transfer with full lift
  • Infant transfer
  • Infant collar, TLSO
  • Quadriplegic Mobility, transfers with board
  • Mat to mat
  • Transfer to wheelchair with board

Performing Correct Transfers Part 2

Performing Correct Transfers Part 2
  • Paraplegic transfer with sliding board
  • Transfer, pivot without sliding board
  • Transfer, prone push
  • Transfer, roll out
  • Wheelchair transfer floor to chair
  • Transfer, feet first
  • Transfer from mat using knee to chest for bed mobility initiation

Quadriplegic mobility Part 1

Quadriplegic mobility Part 1
  • Quadriplegic mobility, long sitting
  • Quadriplegic mobility, quadruped
  • Prone on elbow shifting
  • Quadriplegic mobility, long sit to prone
  • Come to sit and the UE platform
  • Long to short sit with leg management
  • Bed mobility prone to supine
  • Paraplegia, transfer to mat

Quadriplegic mobility Part 2

Quadriplegic mobility Part 2
  • Long leg braces and weight bearing
  • Come to stand with forearm crutches
  • Sit to stand and the standing position
  • Prone push to stand
  • Gait with rolling walker sit to stand
  • Quadriplegic gait training
  • Supine to long to short sitting
  • Scooting hip head relationship

ASIA part 1

 ASIA part 1
  • ASIA A & B
  • ASIA C & D
  • ASIA E defined
  • ASIA sensory exam, pin prick
  • ASIA sensory exam, pin prick grading
  • ASIA sensory exam, light touch
  • ASIA, sensory exam S4-5
  • Defining complete and ZPP
  • ASIA functional motor level
  • Sensory motor relationship
  • ASIA C5, all grades
  • ASIA C6, all grades
  • ASIA C7, all grades
  • ASIA C8, all grades
  • ASIA T1

ASIA part 2

 ASIA part 2
  • ASIA T1 quadriplegic involvement
  • ASIA test, gravity eliminated test position for the hip flexion testing
  • ASIA L2, grades 0,1,2
  • ASIA L2, grades 3,4,5
  • ASIA L3, grades 0,1,2
  • ASIA L3, grades 3,4,5
  • ASIA L4 eliminated position, grades 0,1,2
  • ASIA L4 grade 3
  • ASIA L4, grades 4,5
  • ASIA L5, all grades
  • ASIA S1, grades 0,1,2
  • ASIA S1, grade 3
  • ASIA S1 plantar flexion, grades 4,5

Powder Boards

Powder Boards
  • Interaction of muscle groups
  • Introduction of the lower extremity powder board testing
  • Powder board strength assessment of dorsi and plantar flexion
  • Powder board, hip abduction
  • Powder board, hip adduction
  • Powder board with and without skate, hip flexion
  • Powder board, skate, knee extension
  • Powder board no skate, knee extension
  • Powder board, hamstring exam, trace
  • Fatigue in weak muscle groups

Wheel Chair Configurations

Wheel Chair Configurations
  • Wheelchair selection and hip width
  • Wheelchair configuration, frame dump
  • Wheelchair patient measurements
  • Achieving the best pelvic position in a wheelchair
  • Frame dump measurements, pelvic position and arc over rail
  • Wheelchair tire and caster options
  • Wheelchair configuration, positioning and key measurements of the wheelchair
  • Camber and overall width of wheelchair
  • Wheelchair features and disassembly

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Evaluate your understanding of the online continuing education course material
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