Management of Spinal Cord Injuries,
Edition 1 A Guide for Physiotherapists
By Lisa Harvey, BAppSc, GradDipAppSc(ExSpSc), MAppSc, PhD

Publication Date: 10 Jan 2008

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 tasks
  • strength training
  • contracture management
  • pain management
  • respiratory management
  • cardiovascular 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 people
  • wheelchair mobility
  • hand function for people with tetraplegia
  • standing 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 interventions.

About the author
By Lisa Harvey, BAppSc, GradDipAppSc(ExSpSc), MAppSc, PhD, Physiotherapist - clinician and researcher - Academic Staff, Rehabilitation Studies Unit, The Univesity of Sydney, Australia
Table of Contents
Section 1: The Bare EssentialsChapter 1: Background informationChapter 2: A framework for physiotherapy managementSection 2: Understanding how people with paralysis perform motor tasksChapter 3: Transfers and bed mobility for people with lower limb paralysisChapter 4: Wheelchair mobilityChapter 5: Hand function of people with tetraplegiaChapter 6: Standing and walking with lower limb paralysisChapter 7: Training Motor tasksChapter 8: Strength trainingChapter 9: Contracture managementChapter 10: Pain managementChapter 11: Respiratory managementChapter 12: Cardiovascular fitness trainingSection 3: Environmental factorsChapter 13: Wheelchair seatingSection 4: The way forwardChapter 14: Evidence-based physiotherapyAppendix: Innervation of muscles
Book Reviews
"This book fills a need and should become a motivation for physiotherapists in their clinical practice and reasoning and development...The book is extremely well referenced throughout with up-to-date material and so provides current supporting background to the clinical reasoning of practice.I would recommend this book."Dot Tussler MSc MCSP, 27.4.08"It will not just be valuable for students and junior therapists but also for academics in higher education to help deliver the core knowledge in this field. This book can also serve as a reference guide in a specialty unit owing to its wide coverage of the various aspects of this complex topic...In summary, with its excellent referencing back to literature, pointers on prioritizing therapy in such a task-intensive condition, and acknowledgment of limitations in the evidence base, this is an honest and very helpful book."International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, March 2009, Vol 16, No 3"The book provides the student, and physiotherapists of all experience levels, with a wealth of information. As anexperienced clinician there was much in this text which I found stimulating and informative. The breadth of the content is extensive."Australian Journal of Physiotherapy 2009 Vol. 55
Book details
ISBN: 9780443068584
Page Count: 316
Retail Price : £45.99
Physiotherapy undergraduates, on clinical placement and newly qualified physiotherapists.
W Wayne Arnett
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