Life After Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

For people with Spinal Cord Injury and their families

Talk to your therapist & rehab supplier
Learn more about standing; first talk to your therapist or doctor and see if it is medically safe to stand. Then arrange to try an EasyStand, free of charge, and see if it is right for you. Make sure your therapist writes a letter of medical necessity that is specific to your medical needs. After the rehab supplier submits to your funding source, if the stander is denied, it is up to you to appeal. A good medical team (Supplier & Therapist) will support you with the proper documentation and/or testimony through the funding appeals process. One of the biggest mistakes a person with a disability can make is not being their own advocate. Be prepared to “be the squeaky wheel” until you get the home medical equipment you need. We can provide you with resources to help, such as the Funding Guide to Standing Technology, which has a PAAT Directory (Protection Advocacy for Assistive Technology) and State Technology Assistance Projects.

For therapists & doctors treating those with Spinal Cord Injuries

Stand up to the facts – people with SCI need to stand
As a spinal cord injury rehab professional, you are very aware of the secondary complications that arise after a spinal cord injury. Rehab facilities that incorporate standing/weight bearing see the effects of secondary complications minimized. Your clients need to start standing as soon as you determine it is medically safe. The health benefits of standing have been documented in various research studies.

Prescribing standing equipment for home & getting it funded
Your clients stand in rehab and they are standing right away. Now you need to make sure this continues at home. Prescribe a stander for each of your Spinal Cord Injury patients for home use to continue a standing program after they leave rehab. By prescribing a stander immediately after injury, you also give your patients the best chance of getting their stander paid for through insurance. Insurance companies are more likely to cover the stander or home medical equipment when it is included with the initial order for a wheelchair and other necessary rehab equipment. If you need assistance writing a letter of medical necessity, we can help. Our Funding Specialist can review your letter and offer suggestions. Read more about funding for standers or download our Funding Guide to Standing Technology.

Life After Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Videos

Life After SCIThe Life After Spinal Cord Injury videos cover a wide variety of topics that would be of interest to paraplegics, quadriplegics, and their families.

Wheelchair Sports & Staying Active
Footage includes: boarding planes, renting cars, downhill four wheeling, hand cycling, wheelchair softball, motivational interviews, importance of standing, and going to college.

Transferring & Adapting
Footage includes: transfers into vans, pickups, tractors, pontoons, standing frames, and exercise machines. Also, inspirational interviews discussing rehab, family reaction, and adapting.