Wellness with Spinal Cord Injury: Impact of an Outpatient Ambulation Program: A Case Study

By Marie Vazquez Morgan and Suzanne Tinsley.

Published by The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society

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Establishing and providing effective interventions for individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) is vital, however, the majority of rehabilitation research has been performed in research laboratories. Sample: Single-subject case study involving an individual with SCI, enrolled in an outpatient rehabilitation program of orthotic assisted ambulating. Methods: Ambulation for a total of 30 minutes, 3 times a week for 2 - 6 week treatment intervals. Intervals were separated by a 6 week layover phase where participant did not exercise or stand. Before intervention and after completion of 6 week treatment phases, calcaneal bone mineral density (BMD), and blood glucose were measured. Findings: A trend demonstrating decreased fructosamine levels during intervention phases and increased levels during lay off period were seen. Increases in BMD were demonstrated in both lower extremities. Conclusion: Interventions conducted in an outpatient setting, can facilitate wellness in individuals with SCI.

Keywords: Spinal Cord Injury, Wellness, Ambulation, Osteoporosis, Blood Glucose

The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp.27-36. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 759.411KB).

Marie Vazquez Morgan

Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Program in Physical Therapy, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, USA

I earned a Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy in 1993, a Masters in Health Sciences in 1997 from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, and PhD in Health Studies from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas in 2006. I have 17 years of clinical rehabilitation experience and have been a faculty member and assistant professor at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, School of Allied Health Professions since 1997. I have presented research both nationally, internationally, and regionally at continuing educations seminars. My expertise is in neurological interventions as well as nutrition, wellness, lifestyle modification, and community rehabilitation and health.

Dr. Suzanne Tinsley

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, USA