Paediatric Spinal Cord Injury

A paediatric spinal cord injury (SCI) refers to damage to the spinal cord in children, typically resulting from trauma or injury. The spinal cord is a crucial part of the central nervous system, responsible for transmitting signals between the brain and the rest of the body. When a child sustains a spinal cord injury, it can have profound effects on their motor function, sensory abilities, and even organ function, depending on the severity and location of the injury.

The diagnosis of a paediatric spinal cord injury can be overwhelming for both the child and their family. It often entails significant challenges and adjustments to daily life. The specific implications vary widely based on factors such as the level and extent of the injury, as well as the child’s age and overall health. Some common effects may include:

1. Loss of Motor Function: Depending on the level of the injury, the child may experience partial or complete paralysis below the affected area. This can impact their ability to move, walk, or perform daily tasks independently.

2. Sensory Changes: Damage to the spinal cord can also result in altered or diminished sensation in the affected areas of the body. This may include numbness, tingling, or loss of feeling.

3. Bowel and Bladder Dysfunction: SCI often leads to difficulties with bowel and bladder control, which may require management strategies such as catheterization or bowel programs.

4. Secondary Health Issues: Children with spinal cord injuries are at increased risk of developing secondary health issues, such as pressure sores, respiratory problems, and muscle contractures.

5. Emotional and Psychological Impact: Coping with a spinal cord injury can be emotionally challenging for both the child and their family. It may involve feelings of grief, frustration, and adjustment to a new way of life.

How Can Neuro Alliance Assist My Child?

Neuro Alliance provides comprehensive support and rehabilitation services to children with spinal cord injuries, helping them optimize their function and quality of life. Our team of experienced professionals, including physiotherapists and occupational therapists, work collaboratively to address the unique needs of each child. Here’s how we can assist:


Assessment and Goal Setting

Our physiotherapists conduct thorough assessments to evaluate the child’s mobility, strength, and functional abilities. Based on these assessments, personalized goals are established to guide the rehabilitation process.

Strength and Mobility Training

We provide targeted exercises and interventions to improve muscle strength, range of motion, and overall mobility. This may include gait training, balance exercises, and functional activities to enhance independence in daily tasks.

Pain Management

Children with spinal cord injuries may experience chronic pain or discomfort. Our physiotherapy team employs various techniques, such as manual therapy, modalities, and pain-relieving exercises, to alleviate pain and improve comfort.

Assistive Devices and Equipment

We assist in identifying and prescribing appropriate assistive devices and equipment, such as wheelchairs, braces, or orthotics, to support mobility and independence.

Occupational Therapy

Activities of Daily Living (ADL) Training

Our occupational therapists focus on helping children develop the skills needed to perform daily activities independently, such as dressing, grooming, and feeding.

Adaptive Strategies and Assistive Technology

We teach children adaptive strategies and utilize assistive technologies to overcome challenges and maximize independence in various tasks.

Environmental Modifications

Our team assesses the child’s home and school environments to identify potential barriers and make necessary modifications to promote accessibility and safety.

School and Community Integration

We collaborate with educators, caregivers, and community resources to facilitate the child’s participation in school, recreational activities, and social interactions.

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