Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury

A spinal cord injury is generally defined as damage or trauma to the spinal cord that results in the communication between the brain and the rest of the body being disrupted, often resulting in loss of movement and sensation below the level of the injury.  Damage can be caused by trauma such as a road traffic accident, or as a result of infection or disease.

An incomplete injury means only part of the spinal cord is damaged and can present in a multitude of ways, with either some remaining muscle function or some sensation, or a combination of the two.  The degree of incompleteness is unique for each person, and may or may not be an indicator to full recovery from a spinal cord injury.

Please note if your injury is complete, then your rehab needs are better suited to a specialist spinal cord injury unit, not the Bobath Centre.

There are multiple presentations of incomplete spinal cord injury, with physical symptoms that include muscle weakness, loss of sensation, as well as incontinence and increased muscle tone.  These can lead to secondary problems such as difficulty with walking and with balance.

At the Bobath Centre we have extensive experience working with people with incomplete spinal cord injury.  We offer a comprehensive assessment, where we help identify, address and monitor the many different physical problems which can occur including primary problems such as muscle weakness, reduced sensation and increased or decreased muscle tone, as well as functional problems such as reduced balance, or difficulty with walking.

We take an analytical problem solving approach that is individualised to each client.  Bobath therapists use skilled therapeutic handling to help influence postural control, and gain optimal quality and efficiency of movement.  Treatment plans are guided by the use of individualised functional goal plans and outcome measures.

We offer carefully considered home exercise programmes designed to reach optimum function, as well as aiding comfort and prevention of secondary complications.  We also offer adjuncts to physiotherapy such as use of a partial body weight treadmill, and offer advice and make onward referrals where indicated.

Treatment can be delivered in a range of different formats and is decided on an individual basis, this can range from 6 monthly reviews to intensive bursts of treatment for a couple of weeks or more.

For more information on spinal cord injury please follow these links:

www.spinal.co.uk/living-with-sci/understanding-sci/