Spinal Cord Rehabilitation
The Rehabilitation Unit provides rehabilitative care and intensive physical, occupational and recreational therapy, to help those with spinal cord injuries to relearn the basic skills of everyday life. Counseling is also provided to the patients and families, helping patients learn to cope with their injury and rediscover the fulfilling life that lies ahead of them.
The rehabilitative program is intense. Patients spend several hours each day relearning the skills of everyday life and how to dress, brush their teeth and feed themselves.
After a spinal cord injury, many things change. It’s not just being unable to walk or move your arms. A spinal cord injury can also affect the nerves and muscles and can cause bowel and bladder problems and skin problems. Patients will be taught the self-care skills needed to deal with these problems. Spouses(significant others), parents or family members of spinal cord injured patients are encouraged to learn how to assist in the care.
The interdisciplinary program includes:
- Daily Living Skills Training
- Community Re-entry Program
- Splinting and Orthotics
- Vocational Counseling
- Sexuality Counseling
- Bowel and Bladder Education/Training
- Patient/family Counseling and Support
- Case Management
- Skin Care
- Spiritual Support
- Transfer Training
Patients are able to continue in our outpatient Spinal Cord Injury Program once discharged from the hospital or rehabilitation.