Spinal Cord Injury Conference Recap

Spinal Cord Injury Conference Recap click to enlarge Heather Walker, MD

The 3rd Annual Spinal Cord Injury Conference was hosted November 4 & 5, 2011 by UNC Health Care's Rehabilitation Center and UNC Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. The conference educated over 70 state-wide attendees and included multidisciplinary lectures specific to spinal cord injury (SCI), hands-on labs and vendor exhibits for a variety of professionals in the field.

"The focus was to give therapists and nursing staff a broader overview and understanding of the medical and psychological complications associated with SCI," said Heather Walker, MD, assistant professor and faculty director of the conference.

SCI lecture topics included the following: Neurogenic Bladder, Sexuality, Spasticity Management, Wound Care, Medical Complications, and an Interdisciplinary Approach to SCI Rehabilitation.

"Participants primarily came from the Triangle area, representing Wake Med and other organizations, but also from other cities and towns across the state," noted Raheleh Tschoepe, OT, a co-organizer and presenter.

"Sixteen vendors also showed their support, representing wheelchair equipment to advocacy with the North Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Association, to other follow-up services," added Courtney Matrunick, DPT, a co-organizer and presenter at the conference. "We also hosted a lot of students, which was really nice."

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