• The Rehabilitation Institute's outpatient spinal cord injury program includes 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. 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. An individual spinal cord injury treatment program might include the following:

    • 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