Medical Management in the Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Setting for Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury

 Description: This webinar will review common medical conditions and complications, which occur in individuals with spinal cord injuries during the acute inpatient rehabilitation phase of recovery. The management of neurogenic bladder, neurogenic bowel, autonomic dysreflexia, and spasticity will be reviewed. We will also discuss the prevention of venous thromboembolism and pressure injuries as well as their impact on the rehabilitation process.

Objectives: Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to: 

  • State the differences between upper and lower motor neuron neurogenic bowel and bladder.
  • Summarize an appropriate care plan for the management of neurogenic bowel and bladder.
  • Develop a care plan to prevent pressure injuries from forming or worsening.
  • Describe the signs and symptoms of autonomic dysreflexia and understand the acute management for stabilization.
  • Express the positive and negative impact spasticity can have on function as well as pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatment options.

Instructor: Allison Kessler, MD, MSc; Attending Physician, Division of Spinal Cord Injury Medicine, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab; Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Audience:  Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants and Speech-Language Pathologists

Note: You will have 3 months from the date of purchase to complete and review the course material. You will receive a reminder email 2 weeks before the expiration date.

Continuing Education Credits


The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (P0609-11/30/2022) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 

This CNE is being offered for 1.5 contact hours including 0.25 Pharmacology contact hours.

Occupational Therapy

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 02671, This distance learning – independent and interactive webinar is offered at .15 CEUs [intermediate, OT service delivery/ Foundational Knowledge]. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.

Physical Therapy 

The Illinois Physical Therapy Board has approved this course for 1.5 Contact Hours.  Approval #216-000069

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education.  This course has been approved by the New York Physical Therapy Board for 1.5 Contact Hours

 Speech-Language Pathology

This course is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Related area).


Allison Kessler, MD, MSc;
Financial: Receives a salary for teaching this course from the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
Non-financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

Basic Computer Requirements: To participate, you will need access to a device with an Internet connection. Computers, laptops, iOS and Android devices are supported. High-speed broadband Internet access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is highly recommended.

 Additional requirements include:

  • Web browser: latest version of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari
  • JavaScript and Cookies enabled
  • Speaker or headset to listen to recorded audio files
  • Speaker and microphone, or headset with microphone, or phone to listen to webinar facilitators
  • Do NOT use Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge as they are not supported.

    Cancellation Policy: To request a cancellation of an on-demand program, please provide written notice by letter, email, or fax or contact us by phone within 24 hours of placing your order and we will refund you the full course fee. If you cannot give notice within 24 hours, a credit towards a future course of equal value would apply.


    Nurses Occupational Therapists Occupational Therapy Assistants OTA and PTA Physical Therapist Assistants Physical Therapists Speech Language Pathologists Online Learning