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Spinal Injury Physiotherapy

Empowering you through recovery and beyond

In Australia, more than 20000 people live with a spinal cord injury.
A spinal cord injury can happen unexpectedly to anyone, and the consequences reach far beyond not being able to walk. As well as lack of movement, spinal injuries can mean a loss of control. This can make it challenging to maintain independence and enjoy the freedom you once had.
If you, or a loved one, has experienced a spinal cord injury, physiotherapy should play an important part in your rehabilitation and long-term management. At Valens Care, our NDIS-registered physiotherapists are experienced in providing exceptional care for individuals with spinal cord injuries. Our team will work with you, supporting you to maximise your function, mobility, and independence as much as possible, so that you can get back to doing the things you love.

What is spinal injury physiotherapy?

Spinal injury physiotherapy is an approach to rehabilitation for those who’ve experienced spinal cord injuries.

Spinal cord injuries can result from various causes, such as cancer, arthritis, or trauma, and can lead to a loss of sensation and motor function. The severity and range of symptoms vary depending on the location and extent of the injury, making recovery unique to everyone.

Early intervention in the form of physiotherapy is essential. In the initial stages, physiotherapy focuses on addressing breathing and circulation issues while minimising the negative effects of immobility. As you progress through your physiotherapy sessions, the emphasis shifts towards enhancing your self-reliance and promoting independence.

Valens Care’s physiotherapists work closely with you to develop a comprehensive recovery plan tailored to your specific needs and goals. The guidance and expertise of your physiotherapist will empower you to maximise control over your body and strive for an improved quality of life.

What is spinal injury physiotherapy

What does physiotherapy for spinal injury help with?

Physiotherapy for spinal injury is important for addressing the various challenges faced by those with
spinal cord injuries. At Valens Care, we’ve supported individuals with spinal cord injuries in managing a
range of concerns, including:

  • Breathing problems
  • Difficulty coughing
  • Trouble balancing while sitting
  • Inability to stand or walk
  • Reduced hand control or strength
  • Muscle spasms
  • High/low muscle tone
  • Nerve pain
  • Autonomic dysreflexia (sudden high blood pressure)
  • Paralysis
  • Numbness or altered sensation
  • Struggles with awareness of body position
  • Bladder and bowel problems
  • Pressure sores and fragile skin

What does physiotherapy for spinal cord injury help with?

Recovery of walking

Walking training

Improve your technique, balance, speed and endurance. This may involve the use of assistive devices
Transfer training

Transfer training

Learn to safely reposition yourself in bed, transfer in and out of bed and on and off chairs.
Breathing function

Breathing function

Learn breathing techniques and assisted coughing to reduce your risk of chest infections and breathing difficulties
Enhance everyday function

Increase muscle strength

Reduce muscle weakness through an exercise program targeting weak muscles to enhance your functional abilities.
Pain Management

Pain Management

Pain management techniques, exercises and education aim to help you manage the pain of contractures, spasms or nervous system changes.

Reduce contractures

Targeted stretching and positioning techniques may help to reduce or manage contractures resulting from spasticity, stiffness or paralysis.
Support mental health

Support mental health

Physical activity may help to reduce anxiety and depression, boost your mood and support your mental wellbeing.
Regaining your arm function

Improve physical fitness

Physio care aims to help keep you physically active, aiming to keep you fit and healthy plus reduce your risk of health conditions related to inactivity.
Seated mobility training

Seated mobility training

Learn about correct seating postures, practice mobilising in your wheelchair, build your endurance and learn falls prevention techniques.
Improve balance

Balance training

Specialised balance training may improve your stability, coordination and confidence as well as reduce your falls risk so that can move safely and independently.
How does a spinal injury physiotherapy session work

How does a spinal injury physiotherapy session work?

  1. We start by taking the time to understand your unique situation by gathering information about your medical history, condition and circumstances. We also consider factors such as your living arrangements, employment, and the amount of support available to you. This comprehensive understanding helps us tailor your care to meet your specific needs.
  2. Together, we make goals for your treatment and identify any potential barriers that could hinder your progress.
  3. Next, we develop a treatment plan. This might include targeted exercises, manual therapies, and pain management techniques. We can also provide guidance on assistive devices and mobility aids.

As you continue your physiotherapy journey with us, we regularly assess your progress and adjust your treatment plans. This ensures your care remains as effective as possible, maximising your results.

Why Valens Care for spinal cord injury physiotherapy?

At Valens Care, we recognise the unique challenges that come with spinal cord injuries. Whether it’s through our mobile physiotherapy services or in-clinic treatments, we’re dedicated to providing exceptional, personalised care.

The Valens Care difference:

Collaborative care

Collaborative care

Spinal cord injuries need a multidisciplinary approach. We’re committed to working with you and your wider care team, to ensure you receive high-quality, comprehensive care.
Mobile services

Mobile services

For those with a spinal injury, travel can be challenging. We ensure accessibility by bringing our expertise and support to you. We can see you at your home, at the gym or at the pool for a hydrotherapy session. It’s up to you.
Hands-On Approach

No waiting list

We prioritise your well-being by offering prompt access to our services, ensuring there are no waiting lists. Start your treatment without delay and receive the essential care you need precisely when you need it.
Goal-Focused Treatment

Targeted treatments

Every spinal injury is unique. We take great care in crafting individualised treatment plans that specifically address your spinal injury, circumstances, challenges, and goals. Because personalised care is essential to achieving the best
possible outcomes.
At Valens Care, we understand the life-altering impact of a spinal cord injury. Our dedicated and experienced team of NDIS-registered physiotherapists are here to support you through your rehabilitation and long-term management.

Give us a call to learn more and book your appointment.