Mastering these techniques can enhance mobility, increase independence, and give a degree of confidence that can greatly improve one's outlook. The type of bed used and the positioning of the patient with paraplegia will depend on the cause and extent of the paralysis and the preference of the health care provider.
Patients with spinal cord injuries may be placed in traction or the spinal cord may be hyperextended by placing the patient's head at the foot of the bed and adjusting the bed.
as well as frequent accumulations of flatus and fecal material in the lower intestine.
Rehabilitation of the patient then requires working out some method of bowel control so that regularity of defecation can be accomplished.
In some cases the health care provider may request a special orthopedic frame or specialized bed.