This is a podcast-brief from the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center.
Patient: You want me to transfer on my own?
PT: Yes, you’re ready. We have practiced together what to do.
It’s important for most anyone who uses a wheelchair after spinal cord injury to learn proper transfer techniques. It helps you minimize stress on your arms and shoulders and keep them working and pain-free. It also helps prevent you from falling or damaging your skin.
PT: Remember, your head needs to move in the opposite direction of your hips.
Patient: That doesn’t seem logical.
PT: I know, but it makes it easier.
Safe Transfer Technique is a factsheet from the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center. This factsheet offers the key tips and techniques you’ll need for safe transfers in and out of your wheelchair.
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