Follow-up care of the spinal cord injury patient

Am Fam Physician. 1981 Jul;24(1):105-11.


Follow-up care of the spinal cord injury patient is often inadequate after discharge from the rehabilitation center. The family physician must pay particular attention to the genitourinary and respiratory systems; autonomic dysfunction, including temperature variation; skin care; contractures and spasticity; the prevention of thromboembolic disease, and nutritional intake. continuing psychosocial support is mandatory, as well as conservative management of pain. The prognosis for a full, rewarding life is becoming a reality.

MeSH terms

  • Autonomic Nervous System Diseases / prevention & control
  • Contracture / prevention & control
  • Contracture / therapy
  • Female
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases / prevention & control
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Physical Therapy Modalities
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Physicians, Family
  • Respiratory Tract Diseases / prevention & control
  • Spinal Cord Injuries / complications
  • Spinal Cord Injuries / psychology
  • Spinal Cord Injuries / rehabilitation*
  • Thrombophlebitis / prevention & control
  • Urinary Tract Infections / prevention & control