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2018 Spinal Cord Injury Symposium

  • Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital POB Meijer Conf Center 305 Lafayette St. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States (map)

Course Description:

Eldon Loh, MD, FRCPC, assistant professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; specialist, Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Programs, Parkway Hospital; specialist, St. Joseph’s Health Care London, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Pain Management after Spinal Cord

·       Review the management guidelines for pain after Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

·       Discuss perceived challenges and barriers in the implementation of best practices in pain after SCI

·       Describe the pharmacology, use and evidence for cannabinoids in the management of pain after SCI

·       Identify the effects of an anti-inflammatory diet as a potential management of pain

Application to Social Work:

Neuropathic pain is a challenging complication to manage after spinal cord injury. Treatments are limited, and patients may prefer a non-pharmacological approach to manage their symptoms. This presentation reviews 2 more novel treatments for the management of neuropathic pain after spinal cord injury, and highlights the challenges of managing this condition


Cindy Douglas, PT, physical therapy clinical specialist & Patricia Zuba, OTR/L, occupational therapy clinical specialist, University of Michigan Health System

Mobilizing the Vent-Dependent Person with SCI

·       Discuss strategies of maximizing airway clearance for vent dependent SCI patients

·       Describe potential obstacles which could impact mobilizing the high-level SCI patient effectively

·       Identify objective and measurable goals vent dependent SCI patients need to achieve prior to discharge which may affect length of stay

·       Explain the requirements for home discharge planning to ensure a safe transition to home environment and community re-integration

Applicable to Social Work:

Patients with vent dependency offer many challenges to the treatment team. Learning to manage both physical and psychological issues will allow heath care professionals to effectively work with these patients to allow for safe discharge home   



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CE Value (credits): 6.5
CE Type: Standard, Pain

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital

Contact Information:
Bonita Pawloski