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Who We Are & What We Do: Inpatient Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Program

Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Program

The Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Program at Children’s Specialized Hospital provides intensive and comprehensive rehabilitation services for infants, children, and adolescents with acquired, traumatic, and congenital spinal cord dysfunction.

The program treats patients with all levels of pediatric spinal cord dysfunction, including patients who are ventilator dependent, those who need medical support, special equipment, and special feeding needs such as:

  • Intravenous and central lines
  • Assistive technology
  • Functional electric stimulation with cycle ergometry
  • Body weight supported treadmill training
  • Virtual reality
  • ZeroG® gait training system​​
Discharge planning begins as soon as the patient is admitted to the Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Program. At that time, the patient and his or her family are thoroughly educated about future needs. As discharge approaches, the patient can make a functional trial visit to his or her home. This ensures a smooth transition for the entire family upon discharge. Additional services for returning to school and community activities are also available. The program provides  comprehensive follow-up, from referring the patient to proper medical specialists to ensuring continuity of care.

The Spinal Cord Program treats children with conditions such as:

  • Traumatic spinal cord injuries
  • Cervical spinal cord injuries
  • Cervical level injuries, with ventilator management and weaning
  • Spinal tumors
  • Lower-level spinal cord injuries
  • Spina bifida
  • Transverse myelitis
  • Never damage
  • Spinal cord stroke
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Guillian Barre Syndrome