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Management of Spinal Cord Injuries


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Section 1: The Bare Essentials Chapter 1: Background information Chapter 2: A framework for physiotherapy management Section 2: Understanding how people with paralysis perform motor tasks Chapter 3: Transfers and bed mobility for people with lower limb paralysis Chapter 4: Wheelchair mobility Chapter 5: Hand function of people with tetraplegia Chapter 6: Standing and walking with lower limb paralysis Chapter 7: Training Motor tasks Chapter 8: Strength training Chapter 9: Contracture management Chapter 10: Pain management Chapter 11: Respiratory management Chapter 12: Cardiovascular fitness training Section 3: Environmental factors Chapter 13: Wheelchair seating Section 4: The way forward Chapter 14: Evidence-based physiotherapy Appendix: Innervation of muscles

About the Author

Lisa Harvey is a physiotherapist from the Royal Rehabilitation Centre in Sydney, and was awarded the Australian ACHS 2005 Gold Medal. This medal is awarded each year to one person that has made a significant contribution to the development of healthcare services. She lead the development of a website ( which provides images of exercises appropriate for people with spinal cord injuries and other neurological conditions. Dr Harvey also teaches at the School of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney and has taught large numbers of undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as running workshops worldwide.


"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 an
experienced 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

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