Comprehensive Intervention Strategies for Patients with Spinal Cord Injuries

presented by J.J. Mowder-Tinney

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Identifying optimal intervention strategies for patients with spinal cord injury can be very challenging for clinicians. Each level of injury presents different limitations and specific patient needs requiring a strong understanding of the functional outcomes for each level of injury. In this course, JJ Mowder-Tinney guides clinicians through a practical approach to rehabilitation for individuals recovering from spinal cord injury. Many aspects of this population must be considered to provide comprehensive care including common complications of patients with SCI, causes of shoulder pain and prevention interventions, strategies for optimal movement for different level injuries, and exercise prescription. This course involves demonstrations with real patients that have both cervical and thoracic level injuries to illustrate interventions that will optimize the independence of patients.

Meet Your Instructor

  • J.J. Mowder-Tinney, PT, PhD, NCS, C/NDT, CSRS, CEEAA

    J.J. Mowder-Tinney received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder and her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami in Florida. She completed her doctorate in physical therapy at NOVA Southeastern University. She has more than 20 years of experience in a multitude of clinical settings with the majority of experience with people with neuromuscular deficits. She is certified as a clinical specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS). Dr. Mowder-Tinney has extensive training and is certified in Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT). She received her Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist (CSRS) certification from the American Stroke Association and her Certified Exercise Expert in Aging Adults certification from the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy. She was the recipient of the 2017 Excellence in Education Award from the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy. She is currently an Associate Professor at Nazareth College in the physical therapy department. She teaches the Neuromuscular series that incorporates the onsite pro-bono clinic. In addition, she teaches an advanced neuromuscular elective. She has conducted nationwide seminars on the treatment of aging adults and patients with neurological deficits, spinal cord injuries, balance challenges, and Parkinson's Disease.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

  1. Demographics, Functional Implications, and Complications

    1. Demographics, Functional Implications, and Complications

    Review SCI demographics. Review the different levels of injury and their functional implications. Differentiate common complications of patients with SCI and how they impact interventions.

  2. Early Rehabilitation Considerations

    2. Early Rehabilitation Considerations

    Describe key aspects of early rehabilitation for the SCI patient. Compare and contrast outcome measures that can be used for varying levels/settings for SCI.

  3. Shoulder Pain & Strengthening

    3. Shoulder Pain & Strengthening

    Describe the common causes of shoulder pain. Design an optimal strengthening program to address/prevent shoulder pain.

  4. Strategies for SCI Patients

    4. Strategies for SCI Patients

    Discuss practical strategies to utilize during retraining with patients with SCI.

  5. Interventions for C4 Level Injury

    5. Interventions for C4 Level Injury

    Describe key strategies required when treating a patient with a C4 level of injury.

  6. Interventions for C6 Level Injury

    6. Interventions for C6 Level Injury

    Compare and contrast key strategies required when treating a patient with a C6 level of injury.

  7. Interventions for Thoracic Level Injury

    7. Interventions for Thoracic Level Injury

    Compare and contrast key strategies required when treating a patient with a thoracic level of injury.