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How can you regain independence after a spinal cord injury?

| Jul 6, 2021 | Physical Disabilities

After experiencing a spinal cord injury or SCI, you may feel like your entire life has to change, and in many ways, it does change. If you are like most people, you want to return home and your career. According to MayoClinic, there are ways for you to adapt to your injury and to find a new routine for daily life.

You need the appropriate assistive technology to help you.

Using assistive technology to function

If you have mobility impairments following an SCI, there are various options available to help restore some of your mobility. For example, there is technology to help you operate the controls around your home. Your therapist can assess your situation and decide the type of assistive technology that may help you the most.

There is technology available to help you adjust and operate your bed, use your television, learn how to use a computer, and help you move around your home.

Using assistive technology for communication

If you have difficulty writing, using a computer or a phone following your SCI, there are options to help you. Assistive technology can assist you in work, school or other activities. Before receiving the appropriate technology, a therapist needs to assess what type of adaptive equipment you can use.

You may require an augmentative communication device or a speech-generating device. A speech-language pathologist can determine the best options for you.

The purpose of assistive technology is to help you live a more independent life and so that you can control your environment. If your needs change, you can receive ongoing intervention.

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