There are many benefits of attending a workshop. A workshop may introduce a new idea or inspire participants to further explore it on their own, or illustrate and promote actual process in practice.

Here is a summary of the current workshops:



Nutritional needs and weight management after SCI

Anna-Carin Lagerström 

NutriNord_SCI is a multidisciplinary network for health-professionals in the Nordic countries interested in, or working with, areas linked to nutrition and SCI.

The aim of this workshop is to share knowledge, challenges and examples on integrating nutrition in all phases of SCI rehabilitation - from the acute phase to living and aging with SCI.


Workshop structure



Peer support — let's do it well!

Tobias Lauritsen   

Endless of individuals with SCI have praised peer support as a critical and effective strategy when resuming their participation in society. Yet, peer support is often an ill-defined additive with a vague role in rehabilitation. So, how can this valuable resource of individuals with lived experience be thoroughly integrated into care? How do we ensure adequate training? And how do we facilitate community peer support outside our clinics?

Not only will this workshop provide stimulating examples of organisations and individuals providing in-patient and community peer support and present research on what is required from peer supporters to help fulfill the needs of individuals with SCI, it will also tell the success story of how high-quality peer support made its way into the care of persons with mental health problems and what we may learn.

During the workshop you will get the chance to reflect upon how you can help move rehabilitation forward with the use of peer support.


Photographer: Johan Olsson

Relearning breathing — ­respiratory support in high SCI

Eva Sundman 

Cervical SCI may result in respiratory insufficiency and is a common cause of morbidity and mortality both in the acute phase after injury and later. Accordingly, respiratory rehabilitation is important after SCI to identify, preserve and restore as much respiratory function as possible while providing sufficient support of breathing and secretion management when necessary.

Breathing, secretion management, and swallowing, may all influence the strategy for regaining a voice for verbal communication. Swallowing difficulties in cervical SCI may be multifactorial and can cause respiratory complications.

This workshop features both oral presentations and discussions of rehabilitation and treatment. Traditional ventilator treatment, electric stimulation (phrenic pacing or diaphragm pacing) as an alternative to traditional ventilator treatment, swallowing rehabilitation, approaches to dysphagia, and communication strategies in individuals with a tracheal cannula will be covered in the context of cervical SCI.



Surgical interventions for shoulder dysfunction — when, how, where?

Inka Löfvenmark

The prevalence of shoulder dysfunction is high in the SCI community and is likely to be even more common due to the increasing number of years people survive a SCI today. 

Physiotherapy is in many cases sufficient, however, occasionally surgery is necessary. Unfortunately, there are few shoulder surgeons who have the appropriate insight into the extraordinary challenges facing persons with SCI, therefore pre- and post-surgical management must be clarified.

During this workshop we will share experiences and agree on some common "rules" regarding surgical intervention on SCI shoulders. Our goal is to increase the effectiveness of surgery and communication between medical specialties.  



Telerehabilitation – where can we take it?

Kerstin Wahman 

This workshop offers an overview of the use of telerehabilitation and inspiration from national and international pioneers in the field. We will discuss how we can further develop telerehabilitation with ideas that might promote innovation, improved access to care and competence and new scientific discovery.  

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all aspects of health care delivery and increased the need for distance consultations. Telerehabilitation refers specifically to clinical rehabilitation services with the focus on evaluation, diagnosis, as well as treatment, and can be provided in a variety of ways. The shift to telerehabilitation provides a tremendous learning opportunity.



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