Disease processes, medical conditions and traumas can be categorized as either progressive or non-progressive. Non-progressive conditions are ones in which the disorder itself does not cause further or ongoing changes in medical, physical or cognitive health. This course presents an overview of non-progressive conditions that affect the spinal cord, including traumatic spinal cord injury and Spina Bifida.
- Describe the basic anatomy of the spinal cord;
- Describe the ways in which the spinal cord could be injured and the pathology that occurs;
- Explain the difference between the orthopedic level of spinal cord injury and the neurological level of spinal cord injury;
- List the potential sequelae and complications of a spinal cord injury;
- Describe a basic picture of an individual at each neurological level of spinal cord injury with regards to functional abilities, limitations and need for assistive technology;
- Identify the major factors that should be considered when choosing seating and wheeled mobility devices for each of the individuals in objective #5;
- Describe the three types of spina bifida;
- List the potential sequelae and complications of spina bifida;
- Identify the major factors that should be considered when choosing seating and wheeled mobility devices for the individual with spina bifida.
Continuing education: VGM Education is authorized by IACET to offer 0.2 CEUs for this program; RESNA and NRRTS approve the 0.2 IACET CEUs for recertification.
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