• The Rehabilitation Institute at Memorial University Medical Center offers both inpatient and outpatient programs for people with spinal cord injuries. The programs include comprehensive, multidisciplinary treatment to address medical, physical, and psychological needs; education and training to meet family needs; and recommendations for home and work area modifications. We encourage you to view our patient outcomes.

    Our program is especially beneficial for people with:

    • Traumatic spinal cord injury
    • Non-traumatic spinal cord injury (spinal cord infarction, aneurysm)
    • Guillain-Barre syndrome
    • Lou Gehrig’s disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS)
    • Spinal tumor
    • Multiple sclerosis, post-polio syndrome, and other related disorders

    Led by a physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation, the spinal cord injury team works closely with the patient and his or her family. Together, they develop a plan to facilitate the patient's return to a productive life. Within one week of the patient’s admission to the program, the treatment team, patient, and family discuss a care plan, determine goals, set a potential discharge date, and begin planning for the patient’s return home. After the initial conference, the team meets weekly to ensure the patient's continued progress.

    An individual spinal cord injury treatment program might include the following:

    • Daily spinal cord injury education
    • Therapies for improving strength, endurance, and mobility
    • Retraining in cooking, cleaning, and housekeeping
    • Strengthening and conditioning exercises in our pool
    • Training to overcome or compensate for speech, language, or cognitive difficulties
    • Treatment of swallowing disorders
    • Independent living skills training
    • Family conferences, involvement, and counseling
    • Referral to vocational rehabilitation services
    • Referral to driving therapy program for evaluation and re-training
    • Home assessments, as needed, to recommend adaptive equipment and placement of ramps and railings
    • Home exercise program
    • Discharge planning

    Family members receive hands-on instruction on how to care for a loved one with a spinal cord injury.

    Outpatient Day Rehabilitation Program
    The outpatient day rehabilitation program is a post-acute care service that provides an opportunity for patients to return to their home and family while continuing to receive intensive rehabilitation. The program is unique in that it provides a transitional phase from the hospital to community and home re-entry.

    Under the coordination of a rehabilitation nurse, patients receive outpatient procedures and services such as occupational, physical, recreational, and speech therapies; psychology; and social work. Day rehabilitation’s major emphasis is on the interaction of these therapies with respect to the patient's long-term needs.