Combining 25 years of clinical, research and teaching
experience, Dr Lisa Harvey provides an innovative 5-step approach
to the physiotherapy management of people with spinal cord injury.
Based on the International Classification of Functioning, this
approach emphasises the importance of setting goals which are
purposeful and meaningful to the patient. These goals are related
to performance of motor tasks analysed in terms of 6 key
impairments. The assessment and treatment performance of each of
these impairments for people with spinal cord injury is described
in the following chapters: training motor tasksstrength
trainingcontracture managementpain managementrespiratory
managementcardiovascular fitness training
Dr Harvey develops readers' problem-solving skills equipping
them to manage all types of spinal cord injuries. Central to these
skills is an understanding of how people with different patterns of
paralysis perform motor tasks and the importance of
differentmuscles for motor tasks such as: transfers and bed
mobility of peoplewheelchair mobilityhand function for people with
tetraplegiastanding and walking with lower limb paralysis
This book is for students and junior physiotherapists with
little or no experience in the area of spinal cord injury but with
a general understanding of the principles of physiotherapy. It is
also a useful tool for experienced clinicians, including those keen
to explore the evidence base that supports different physiotherapy
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