ISS 2017 Program


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IC31: Meeting Lifetime Mobility Needs of Spinal Cord Injury and Disease

Persons with spinal cord injury or spinal cord related disorders such as MS and ALS present with complex, often quickly changing seating and mobility needs. Working on a SCI/D unit within the Veteran’s Health Administration, we are able to follow the individuals we serve through regular comprehensive multi-disciplinary evaluations. We will discuss changing mobility needs with progression of disorders and aging and planning for those changes to ensure our Veterans can stay in their homes.


Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to;



Kara L Murphy, MS OTR/L
Syracuse VA Medical Center
Syracuse, New York
United States

Kara is the primary occupational therapist for the SCI/D unit at the Syracuse VA Medical Center. She has been providing complex rehab seating, power and manual mobility services to veterans with spinal cord injuries, MS, and ALS for the last 10 years. Her professional focus has been on meeting the functional and mobility needs of these populations.

Amy Baxter, PT, DPT, ATP
Syracuse VAMC
Syracuse, NY
United States



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    2. Curtin, C. M., Suarez, P. A., Ponio, L. A., & Frayne, S. M. (2012). Who are the women and men in Veterans Health Administrations current spinal cord injury population? The Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development JRRD, 49(3), 351.
    3. Majmudar, S., Wu, J., & Paganoni, S. (2014). Rehabilitation in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: Why it matters. Muscle & Nerve, 50(1), 4-13.

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