Patient Handout: Exercising Post-Spinal Cord Injury

For persons who have sustained a spinal cord injury, a growing body of research and medical literature suggests that exercise may be — quite literally — the best medicine. Consequently, for spinal cord patients, caregivers, physical therapists and doctors, understanding the full benefits of exercise, and understanding how to design, deploy and maximize the value of a therapeutic and rehabilitative exercise program, is critically important. exercising after SCI

The primary components of a spinal cord injury exercise program include cardiovascular interval training, functional electrical stimulation with movement/exercise, bodyweight treadmill training (for incomplete spinal cord injuries only), and a standing program (regardless of injury severity).

This handout breaks down the best exercises and how to incorporate them.

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