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Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation

Hobbs Rehabilitation provides continuous post-discharge rehabilitation for individuals recovering from spinal cord injuries, emphasising independence and functional improvement. Our multidisciplinary Spinal Cord Injury Service delivers intensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, tailored to the individual’s unique needs and goals.

Inpatient Rehabilitation

Suitable for individuals who require intensive and focused care, who are not yet ready to return home after discharge from hospital.

Outpatient Rehabilitation

Suitable for individuals who do not require continuous medical supervision and can visit any of our centres; Intensive rehabilitation is available at specific locations.

Community Rehabilitation

Suitable for individuals transitioning from inpatient rehabilitation and those whose health condition prevents them from visiting any of our centres.

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Neurological Services for Spinal Cord Injuries

Hobbs Rehabilitation provides a multidisciplinary service for spinal cord injuries to help ensure that every individual can reach their full potential.

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Aquatic Physiotherapy

Utilise the water environment to help enhance mobility, improve balance and provide pain relief.

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Clinical Neuropsychology

Address cognitive, emotional and behavioural changes that can result from spinal cord injury.

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Neurotechnology

Increase the number of repetitions to unlock your potential with cutting-edge technology.

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Occupational Therapy

Guiding individuals with spinal cord injury to regain their independence and address challenges in daily life.

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Orthotics

Providing support and correction, addressing mobility, pressure relief and functional enhancement.

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Physiotherapy

Improve balance and mobility and enhance muscle strength while reducing stiffness and pain.

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Rehabilitation Assistant

Supporting exercises and daily activities, guided by our therapists to enhance progress and well-being.

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Rehabilitation Medicine

Maximise functional independence and elevate quality of life with a specialist consultant.

More Repetitions + Shorter Timespan = Better Results

Intensive rehabilitation available at specific locations.

In your rehabilitation journey, psychological support can be invaluable. A spinal cord injury is a transformative experience, and at times, it’s essential to seek guidance from qualified professionals to navigate this profound change.

Comprehensive Assessment: Evaluating patients’ functioning, particularly in terms of cognition, behaviour, and emotional well-being.

Guidance and Consultation: Providing expert advice, consultations, educational sessions, and supervision to both healthcare professionals and the support network, including family and caregivers.

Anxiety and Mood Management: Offering strategies and recommendations to address anxiety and mood changes, ensuring holistic well-being during the recovery process.

Transitioning to Independence: For individuals striving to regain independence, clinical neuropsychologists offer guidance on building resilience, self-advocacy, and adapting to new roles and responsibilities.

Occupational Therapy (OT) in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation includes a vast spectrum of areas, including sexual function, vocational rehabilitation, and driving. At Hobbs Rehabilitation, our occupational therapists have the expertise and skills to assist you in your journey back to work, addressing equipment and accessibility challenges that may arise. Whether you’re returning to your previous role or exploring new opportunities, our OTs are here to support you in finding interesting and enjoyable roles. Additionally, we offer guidance on overcoming equipment-related obstacles in your home.

Home Environment Assessment: Identifying equipment, adaptations, or further rehabilitation needs to enhance function at home.

Vocational Rehabilitation: Supporting your return to work and vocational pursuits.

Hand Therapy: Including splinting and exercise programs to improve hand function.

Wheelchair Set-Up Assessment: Ensuring your wheelchair is optimally configured for your needs.

Pressure Relief Management: Providing advice and techniques for pressure relief through bed positioning and seating adaptations.

Sensation Adaptation Management:  Education and strategies to help you adapt to and manage altered sensation.

Community Skills: Working on community management (e.g., wheelchair skills) through outings to shops, pubs, or friends’ houses.

Functional Activities: Either independently or in group settings.

Exploration of Hobbies and Leisure Activities: Discovering past and new interests and leisure activities, all while utilising your wheelchair effectively.

Neurological physiotherapy for spinal cord injury combines hands-on therapy and activity-based rehabilitation to help you achieve your maximum level of functional independence, regardless of your injury level. Our rehabilitation is goal-driven, with objectives set at the beginning and regularly reassessed throughout your rehabilitation journey. Additionally, physiotherapy explores your return to sports, swimming, gym/cardiovascular fitness, and recreational activities.

Enhancing Functional Independence: Through muscle strengthening, stretching, tone and spasticity management, gait re-education (where appropriate), and functional practice like transfers and wheelchair skills.

Improving Balance and Mobility: By assessing various seating and mobility aids and providing postural re-education through guided exercises.

Upper Limb Functional Rehabilitation: Collaborating with occupational therapists to address specific upper limb functional challenges.

Supporting Return to Exercise and Fitness: Both before and after discharge, facilitating a smooth transition.

Accessing Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES): Identifying suitable modalities for your rehabilitation.

Evaluating the Benefits of the Exoskeleton: As an adjunct to your rehabilitation journey, we can explore the potential advantages of the exoskeleton.

Spinal Cord Injury Education: To empower you with knowledge about your condition.

Through the expertise of our physiotherapists, individuals with spinal cord injuries can regain function, improve mobility, and enhance their overall quality of life.

How Our Expert Team Can Assist You

Symptoms vary widely for spinal cord injuries based on many different factors such as the injury type, severity and location, therefore our treatment plans are designed to address and educate the specific symptoms and needs of each individual.

Altered Sexual Function

Autonomic Dysreflexia

Bladder and Bowel Changes

Fatigue Management

Heightened Tone and Spasticity

Muscle Weakness

Pain

Sensory Alterations

Skin Issues

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You will be contacted to determine your needs and assessment location

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Spinal Cord Injury Pathways

Hobbs Rehabilitation provides varying levels of multidisciplinary rehabilitation for spinal cord injuries, adjusting the therapy’s intensity to best suit your condition, needs and personal goals.

Conventional Therapy

Traditional hands-on therapy based on the individual’s unique condition, level of injury and goals.

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The Arches Physiotherapy, Lymington

Intensive Rehabilitation

Neurotechnology rehabilitation combined with conventional therapy to gain better results.

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Laverstock Care Centre, Salisbury

SCI Service

Our Spinal Cord Injury Service (inc. intensive rehabilitation) can be accessed at our specialist SCI centres.

Intensive Neurotherapy Centre, Bristol

Oaksey House, Lambourn

South East, Liss

Winchester

What to Expect

An assessment will be completed which will cover all aspects of your spinal cord injury due to the impact that symptoms can have on physical function and rehabilitation outcomes. Goals and treatment options will be discussed and referrals made to the wider multidisciplinary team when required to collaboratively achieve the best possible functional outcome for each individual. 

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We offer our services in inpatient, outpatient and community settings – find your nearest centre

Alternatively, call us on 01962 779796 to talk with our team or fill out our enquiry form on our contact page.

We accept self-referrals and referrals from Medico-Legal, health and social care professionals and the charity sector.

Need More Information?

Explore a range of common questions about spinal cord injuries, and see how you may benefit from an assessment. If your question still isn’t answered, get in touch – contact us.

A spinal cord injury (SCI) can occur when the spinal cord is damaged through traumatic injury as a result of a vertebral fracture or dislocation, or diseases such as a tumour or transverse myelitis.

Spinal Cord Injuries are usually classified using the ASIA (American Spinal Injuries Association) Classification Score. This is used by health care professionals to determine the level of injury within the spinal cord and also as an outcome measuring tool to assess changes during rehabilitation.

Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury: An incomplete spinal cord injury is when some signals to and from the brain are still able to be transmitted via the spinal cord and past the area of damage. A spinal cord injury is defined as an incomplete injury when there is sparing to the S4/5 area (anal sensation). This will result in varying levels of weakness and altered sensation below the level of the injury. One side of the body can be more affected than the other and there may be different symptoms on either side. The symptoms following an incomplete spinal cord injury can vary widely.

Complete Spinal Cord Injury: A complete spinal cord injury is damage to the spinal cord that causes complete and usually permanent loss of function below the level of the injury including the lowest neurological levels of S4-5.

There are an estimated 50,000 people living in the UK with a spinal cord injury and each year approximately 2,500 people are newly injured.

Symptoms of spinal cord injury can differ among individuals, making each case unique. Symptoms can include muscle weakness in upper and lower limbs, sensory alterations, bladder and bowel changes, skin issues, autonomic dysreflexia, pain, shifts in sexual function, and heightened tone and spasticity.

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