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Spinal Cord Injuries

Action Potential Rehabilitation is able to offer physiotherapy services for clients who have had a Spinal Cord Injury, which may be the result of:

  • Trauma such as a car accident, a war injury, falls, etc.
  • Tumours caused by different types of cancers
  • Ischemia (cell death by lack of oxygen) caused by atherosclerosis
  • Developmental disorders such as spina bifida
  • Neurodegenerative diseases such as spinocerebellar ataxia
  • Demyelinative diseases such as multiple sclerosis

Physiotherapy treatment will depend on the severity, nature, and location of the injury and the client’s goals.

Physiotherapy interventions may be needed after a spinal cord injury for assistance with:

  • Respiratory care
  • Skin care
  • DVT (blood clot) prevention
  • Contracture prevention or treatment
  • Sitting balance 
  • Transfers training
  • Resistance (strength) training
  • Early standing initiation
  • Assessment for equipment, e.g. splints
  • Upper extremity (arm) aerobic training
  • Walking (gait) training

Image references:


  1. Neuron. (2017, March 14). Retrieved May 05, 2020, from https://smart.servier.com/smart_image/neuron-2/


This website provides general information about our services and conditions treated. It is not intended to be used for self-assessment or treatment, and is not a substitute for an individualized treatment plan developed by a registered physiotherapist.

By the Action Potential Rehabilitation Staff

Page last reviewed: June 2, 2023