Maintaining quality of life and independence

Rehabilitative measures are already necessary in the intensive care unit or in the early phase in order to prevent subsequent complications. In the case of both incomplete and complete paraplegia, the treatment initially concentrates on avoiding incorrect posture and strain. In the early stages, it is important to stabilise the circulation. This is achieved by means of controlled mobilisation on the edge of the bed and mobilisation in a wheelchair. In order to maintain the remaining motor skills and to avoid the functional and movement restrictions of joints, we use combined exercises from physiotherapy and occupational therapy (movement therapy). The exercises specifically train intact muscles. If part of the nerve cells is still intact, paralysed limbs can also learn new movements. In addition, those affected can improve the safe handling of the wheelchair in everyday situations, for example when overcoming curbs.Paraplegia: Rehabilitation at Schoen Clinic

Rehabilitation and aftercare

Lokomat therapy with preserved residual function

If the spinal cord is not completely severed and spinal cord fibres have survived unscathed, there is a chance that patients will learn to control their muscles again. This requires months of training. Schoen Clinic Bad Aibling offers patients with preserved residual function the opportunity to train their walking ability with a motor-driven gait robot, the Lokomat. With a therapy unit of between 45 and 60 minutes, motors drive the upper and lower legs of the patient, who is secured with straps, in such a way that walking movements are created like those when walking. All of the patient’s senses are addressed during the training.

Schoen Clinic Bad Aibling is also the first hospital in southern Germany to use the EKSO walking robot. This new therapy device enables paralysed patients to walk independently again.