Daily Life & Mobility

To perform household tasks can be a big challenge for people with a spinal cord injury (SCI): cooking, doing the dishes and laundry, but also opening packages with only limited arm/hand function. A tetraplegic person with a complete lesion at the level C1-C4 is fully dependent on assisting people. People with a lesion level of C6-C8 can perform certain activities independently, like preparing...

A comprehensively designed living space is a fundamental need and it influences the individual's quality of life immensely. In order to be independent, it is essential that structural barriers are removed and avoided for persons with spinal cord injury (SCI).

The first step towards eliminating structural barriers for persons with SCI is an on-site evaluation of the living space. This...

In case of a spinal cord injury, the lesion level, i.e. the part where the spinal cord is injured, has a crucial meaning: depending on where this part is exactly located, it determines the functional options, i.e. which activities the injured persons will be able to do at the end of the rehabilitation process and for which ones they will be dependent on support. It also determines which...

The arms and hands of wheelchair users are taking over most leg functions. Therefore, it is important to take care of them as well as to train and use them as much as possible from the beginning.

Aspects of optimal rehabilitation of the upper limbs:

  • positioning of the upper limbs
  • functional hand
  • functional training and activities of daily life (ADL)
  • functional electrical...

At a spinal cord injury (SCI) level where hand and arm muscles are only partially innervated or not at all (tetraplegics), many daily activities such as pressing a common TV remote control, grasping the telephone receiver or pressing the light switch can become impossible.

However, this loss of independence may be partly substituted through the use of assistive technologies.

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