Victorian Premier to begin significant program of rehabilitation
Earlier today, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews was discharged from hospital to start a significant period of rehabilitation through our Better@Home service.
The Alfred’s director of trauma services Professor Mark Fitzgerald said the team of specialists caring for Mr Andrews was pleased with his progress, though reinforced the importance of time in healing from such serious injuries.
“Mr Andrews has responded well without surgery so far, and the work to improve his strength and mobility must now begin,” Prof Fitzgerald said.
"As the rehabilitation journey gets underway, we will watch closely for any signs of worsening spinal stability or alignment, as well as the development of other complications.
Prof Fitzgerald said when a person has a spinal injury of this nature, stability and alignment of the spine can be maintained without surgery.
“When upright, a brace is worn to stabilise the spine, maintain alignment, and help to control pain. Physiotherapy treatment is key at this time.
“Any deterioration may lead to a need for surgery down the track, however we are gradually progressing in the right direction at this time,” Prof Fitzgerald said.