Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation

Overcoming challenges on the road to recovery
Recovery from spinal cord injury involves significant challenges and important choices. Where you go for treatment can make a difference. Our rehabilitation programs provide comprehensive care and advanced treatment, technologies, training and support to help restore your strength, skills and independence.
A man walks down a hospital hallway wearing a robotic device used to help regain the ability to walk and his caregivers for balance.

Your progress. Our programs.

Our spinal cord injury rehabilitation program focuses on your individual needs and goals to prepare you for life ahead.

  • We draw on the knowledge of a team of spinal cord injury specialists to address the medical, physical, functional and emotional issues you face.

    Our interdisciplinary teams are led by a physiatrist — a physician that is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Your team also includes rehabilitation nurses; physical, occupational and speech therapists; dietitians; case managers and other clinical and support staff.

  • Treatment is tailored to your specific needs and goals and carefully integrated to help you:

    • Improve physical function and mobility
    • Develop strength, skills and strategies to perform daily activities
    • Manage breathing and respiratory issues
    • Improve bladder and bowel function
    • Use adaptive equipment and technologies to increase independence
    • Manage spasticity and pain
    • Address psychological, emotional, social or other difficulties as you adjust to life ahead
    • Return home, re-enter the workforce and participate in school or community activities with confidence and independence
  • Rehabilitation is an active process that consists of therapy a minimum of three hours a day, five days a week. Your schedule will be divided into physical, occupational, speech and/or other therapy sessions throughout the day based on your needs. The skills and strategies you learn will be reinforced by the nursing team. You and your family will also be given the education and training needed to maintain your overall health and well-being following discharge.

    You will benefit from an integrated program that offers hands-on therapy, treatment and extensive education that may include:

    • Manual and gait-assisted training to improve circulation and function
    • Functional electrical stimulation to enhance muscle activity
    • Adaptive equipment to assist with self-care
    • Spasticity, respiratory and medication management
    • Ventilator management and liberation
    • Wheelchair seating and mobility training
    • Support groups and peer mentorship

    Your progress will be carefully monitored and the plan of care will be adjusted as you continue to move toward your goals.

  • It’s important to remember that recovery takes time. Every patient is different and your length of stay will depend on the extent of your injury, goals and personal progress. At the appropriate time, a case manager will coordinate your discharge, help arrange for any equipment and/or outpatient services and provide access to community resources that may be available to you and your family.
our patients say it best
Joseph's story
"They got me where I needed to be in less time than I anticipated."

Technology and research drive recovery

Patient uses advanced technology to walk following a spinal cord injury.

Our rehabilitation program balances hands-on therapy with treatment that uses leading-edge technologies to support your individual recovery. We also research, learn and implement the most promising new avenues of care.

The advanced technologies available to appropriate patients may include:

  • Body-weight-supported gait training
  • Robotic devices to build strength, enhance mobility and improve function
  • Electrical stimulation to reduce the loss of muscle tissue and improve cardiovascular function
  • Adaptive gaming and other computer-based tools to support greater social interaction and participation in leisure activities

Did You Know?

Studies1 show that people with spinal cord injuries who are treated in an inpatient rehabilitation program have a higher level of independence and are more likely to be discharged home than those treated in other care settings.

1Dobson DaVanzo & Associates, LLC (2014).  Assessment of Patient Outcomes of Rehabilitative Care Provided in Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities and After Discharge.