9 Contact Hours

Description: This course helps the learner understand spinal cord injuries at the various levels of injury and offers a comprehensive guide to treatment. This course is appropriate for occupational and physical therapists.


Joel Desotelle, MS OTR/L

Joel is an occupational therapist who specializes in neurological disorders in children and adults. He received his Bachelors of Science (B.S) degree in occupational therapy from Keuka College (Keuka Park, NY) in 1995 and his post-graduate Masters of Science (M.S.) degree from Misericordia University (Dallas, PA) in 2010. He holds a post-graduate certificate in pediatrics from Misericordia University (2006) and has worked in a variety of settings from out-patient pediatrics to in-patient adults. Joel is an experienced author and instructor who has presented on a wide range of topics including stroke rehab, neuromuscular disorders, autism, sensory dysfunction, dementia, falls, and outcomes-based therapy.

Sherry Rickman, DPT

Sherry received her Bachelor's of Science degree in Health and Human Performance from the University of Tennessee and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) at Belmont University in Nasheville, TN. Her experience as a contract physical therapist has helped her develop a wide range of expertise, enabling her to teach on a number of topics including: wound care, joint replacement, stroke rehab, and pain management. Despite her expertise as a clinician, Sherry's strongest asset is her relentless pursuit to help her patients get better. For that, she is constantly looking to improve her own skills and the skills of others around her. Sherry is a single mother of one daughter and enjoys sitting by her creek when she is not working.

Course Text (required): Neurological Interventions for Physical Therapy, 2nd ed. (2007) written by Suzanne "Tink" Martin, PT, MACT, and Mary Kessler, PT, MHS - Copyright 2007 Elsevier, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Audience: OT, PT

Skill Level: Intermediate

Contact Hours: 9

The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA

Teaching Methods: Course content includes text from "Neurological Interventions for Physical Therapy, 2nd ed." (2007) written by Suzanne "Tink" Martin, PT, MACT, and Mary Kessler, PT, MHS - Copyright 2007 Elsevier, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Criteria for Passing: Each learner must complete all learning activities/handouts and pass a final exam to receive credit.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, each learner will:
1. Understand the causes, clinical manifestations, and possible complications of spinal cord injury.
2. Differentiate between complete and incomplete types of spinal cord injuries.
3. Discuss the various levels of spinal cord injury.
4. Relate segmental level of muscle innervation to level of function in the patient with a spinal cord injury.
5. Instruct patients with a spinal cord injury in pulmonary exercises, strengthening exercises, and mat activities.
6. Teach gait training and wheelchair mobility techniques to the patient, as appropriate.

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

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2. Course Objectives - Treating Individuals with Spinal Cord Injuries

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3. Coursework - Treating Individuals with Spinal Cord Injuries

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4. Course Final and Survey - Treating Individuals with Spinal Cord Injuries


The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion