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Spinal Cord Injury in Infancy: Activity-based Therapy Impact on Health, Function, and Quality of Life in Chronic Injury

Welcome to Spinal Cord Series and Cases: Clinical Management in Spinal Cord Disorders

As published in the Spinal Cord Series and Cases

by senior author Dr. Andrea Behrman

This publication was produced by many members of the Pediatric NeuroRecovery Team in collaboration with other University of Louisville faculty members, Scott Bickel, MD and Margaret Calvery.

Spinal cord injury (SCI) in infancy magnifies the complexity of a devastating diagnosis. Children injured so young have high incidences of scoliosis, hip dysplasia, and respiratory complications leading to poor health and outcomes. We report the medical history, progression of rehabilitation, usual care and activity-based therapy, and outcomes for a child injured in infancy. Activity-based therapy (ABT) aims to activate the neuromuscular system above and below the lesion through daily, task-specific training to improve the neuromuscular capacity, and outcomes for children with acquired SCI.

This publication was authored by:

    • Laura Argetsinger, DPT
    • Goutam Singh, PhD
    • Scott Bickel, MD
    • Margaret Calvery, PhD
    • Andrea Behrman, PhD

Read the Complete Article in Spinal Cord Series and Cases.

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