The most obvious medical concern we see when we look at David is his paralysis. But there are many medical problems associated with spinal cord injury and paralysis that we don’t see. A tilt table is essential for preventing and alleviating these problems.
A tilt table is a portable mat table on which a patient lies facing upward with straps across the knees, hips and chest to hold the body in place. The patient is gradually brought to an almost vertical position by inclining the table mechanically.
Passive standing is crucial for paraplegics. Some of the most important benefits are the prevention of contractures, improved range of motion, reduction of muscle spasticity, prevention of osteoporosis, improved circulation, reduction of lower extremity edema, pressure relief to vulnerable areas to help prevent pressure sores, fewer kidney stones and decreased risk of chest infections and pneumonia.
And, psychologically, it just feels good to stand when you’ve been confined to a wheelchair.
For more information about spinal cord injury, visit the Spinal Cord Injury Resources page.