AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 27, Number 1, 2018


Rehabilitation After Spinal Cord Injuries: The Sooner, the Better

According to a research study presented at the Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting, earlier rehabilitation following a traumatic spinal cord injury may lead to better outcomes for the patient. “We were interested in whether earlier rehabilitation would be associated with improved outcomes,” explains lead investigator in the study, Kurt Herzer, MSc; a fellow in the Medical Scientist Training Program at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. “In other areas of medicine, we tend to recognize that the time between an acute health event and treatment matters. For example, many patients are familiar with the adage that ‘time is muscle’ following a heart attack, and that delays in treatment increase the likelihood of damage to the heart. Our study is interested in a similar type of relationship between time and outcomes, but extending to the post-acute care setting – the time from spinal cord injury to rehabilitation.” Click here to read more. 

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