Spinal Cord Rehabilitation


Each year over 11,000 people in the United States sustain a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). These life threatening and catastrophic events require recovery, rehabilitation and preparation for community re-entry. With the support of a specialized rehabilitation team, the patient and family become active participants in the daily life activites of the individualized rehabilitation program.

A team approach coordinates the various aspects of care.  Members of the rehabilitation team include physiatrists (physicians who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation), nurses, therapists (physical, occupational, respiratory and recreational), dieticians, psychologists, care managers, social workers and medical consultants as needed, who evaluate the patient in order to individualize a plan of care. Patient and family involvement is key to the successful outcome of rehabilitation.

St. Charles Hospital's Inpatient Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program addresses:

  • Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s) – bathing, dressing, grooming, etc.
  • Skin integrity
  • Regulation of bowel and bladder function
  • Mobility- including bed/mat activities, sitting, weight shifts, transfers, gait training
  • Sexuality
  • Use of adaptive equipment, wheelchair and seating needs
  • Recreational pursuits
  • Coping with adjustments to emotional, physical, social & financial challenges

An integral part of the spinal cord injury program is education. Patients will learn to direct caregivers, to prevent complications (orthopedic deformities, skin breakdown, spasticity) and to be learn about the community resources available (vocational, driving, home modifications).  To accomplish these goals, St. Charles Rehabilitation offers a continuum of care including inpatient and outpatient services.

For more information about Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation at St. Charles Hospital, please call (631) 474-6260.

Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation