Kinetic therapy for spinal cord injury

Barth A. Green, Kathy L. Green, K. John Klose

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Abstract

Kinetic therapy, also referred to as kinetic nursing, is the process of mobilizing severely disabled individuals by placing them on a special rotating bed. This therapy has the unique capability of anatomically immobilizing acutely ill patients while simultaneously creating a state of relative physiological mobility. A series of 162 patients suffering acute spinal cord injuries were treated with kinetic therapy during a 60-month period. A retrospective review of this patient population was performed with regard to the effectiveness of kinetic therapy in reducing commonly occurring sequalae in major organ systems. Results of the study provide preliminary evidence for the efficacy of kinetic therapy, yet point to the need to assess benefits relative to those achieved with standard therapy within a prospective randomized trial.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)722-728
Number of pages7
JournalSPINE
Volume8
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1983

Keywords

  • Acute spinal cord Injury
  • Immobility
  • Kinetic nursing
  • Kinetic treatment table
  • Spinal stability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Clinical Neurology

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