Spinal Cord Program

Memorial's inpatient spinal cord injury (SCI) rehabilitation program is an interdisciplinary treatment program for people recovering from an SCI. To address the many life changes brought about by SCI, we've designed an intensive treatment program focusing on you and your family. Our goal is to help you reach the highest level of independent function and return you to a fulfilling and productive life. We specialize in treatment of traumatic and non-traumatic spinal cord dysfunction, as well as treatment of patients with paralysis due to illnesses such as Guillian Barre syndrome, transverse myelitis and multiple sclerosis.

Recovery time after an SCI depends on the specific type of injury sustained. The physician and therapists will help you understand the diagnosis and prognosis for recovery, maximizing this potential while you’re in the hospital.

Recovery continues for many months. To meet these needs, Memorial provides outpatient rehab services and works with home health agencies to make home therapy service available. We coordinate with other facilities that may be closer to home and with appropriate state agencies to help you and your family receive the services you need.

About our program

Significant physical, emotional and sometimes cognitive changes happen in the weeks following an SCI. When you are ready, we will help you regain the ability to do all the tasks necessary for daily living, such as bathing, dressing, grooming, feeding, using the bathroom mobility (including wheelchair skills and walking).

Our program meets each patient’s needs, and includes 3 to 5 hours of therapy each day. Activities may include home evaluations, community outings, peer support groups, bi-weekly educational classes and peer mentors.

Regaining control over one's life is a central point in the rehab. With this focus, once you have been prepared to go home, you are given the responsibility for these activities. For example, you may have to complete flexibility exercises or dress yourself independently.

We use the most up-to-date technology and incorporate the latest advances in spinal cord research to deliver the most effective care. We have a partial body weight support system, lite gait, electrical stimulation including Bioness L-300 and H200, standing frames, specialty wheelchairs, and the Proprioceptor 4000, as a few examples.

Family members are encouraged to participate in the rehabilitation process. The SCI Rehabilitation program provides support, education, training and resource referrals when appropriate. Staff members also teach family members how to help throughout your progress and transition to home.

Frequently asked questions about spinal cord injuries.