Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation in Nepal

  • Nabina Shah Flinders University
  • Binav Shrestha
  • Kamana Subba

Abstract

Spinal cord injury is a major trauma, with its short and long term effects and consequences to the patient, his friends and family. Spinal cord injury is addressed in the developed countries with standard trauma care system commencing immediately after injury and continuing to the specialized rehabilitation units. Rehabilitation is important to those with spinal injury for both functional and psychosocial reintegration. It has been an emerging concept in Nepal, which has been evident with the establishment of the various hospitals with rehabilitation units, rehabilitation centres and physical therapy units in different institutions. However, the spinal cord injury rehabilitation setting and scenario is different in Nepal from those in the developed countries since spinal cord injury rehabilitation care has not been adequately incorporated into the health care delivery system nor its importance has been realized within the medical community of Nepal. To name few, lack of human resource for the rehabilitation care, awareness among the medical personnel and general population, adequate scientific research evidence regarding situation of spinal injury and exorbitant health care policy are the important hurdles that has led to the current situation. Hence, it is our responsibility to address these apparent barriers to successful implementation and functioning of rehabilitation so that those with spinal injury would benefit from enhanced quality of life.

Keywords: rehabilitation; spinal injury.

Published
2013-06-30
How to Cite
Shah, N., Shrestha, B., & Subba, K. (2013). Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation in Nepal. Journal of Nepal Medical Association, 52(190). https://doi.org/10.31729/jnma.1531
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