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Spinal Cord Injury Program

Traumatic Spinal Cord Injuries result from a fall or some kind of accident that causes damage to the spinal cord.

Non-Traumatic Spinal Cord Injuries result from compression, loss of blood flow, or disruption to the spinal cord. These can be caused by tumors, infections, or other diseases.

Both traumatic and non-traumatic spinal cord injuries can cause weakness, loss of feeling below where the spinal cord was injured, and/or paralysis.

Spinal Cord Injuries, regardless of type, can render someone feeling helpless and isolated when they begin to realize the differences between their capabilities now versus their previous lifestyles. Many times, people with spinal cord injuries think that they will no longer be able to participate in the activities that once brought them so much joy. At Adventist HealthCare Physical Health & Rehabilitation, our focus is to always promote what the patient CAN do so that a “new normal” can be satisfying, rewarding and healthy as they get back to life.

Spinal Cord Injury Team Highlights

  • Board certified physician in Spinal Cord Injury, staff expertise and training in SCI therapy and rehab techniques
  • Several individuals are members of the Spinal Cord Consortium for the DC Metro Area
  • Spinal Cord Injuries: Management and Rehabilitation, a leading clinical textbook, was co-authored by a team member with over 20 years of SCI rehab experience
  • Therapists and nurses with several specialty certifications in rehabilitation
  • Several team members also teach SCI rehabilitation at local universities in the Baltimore/DC Metro area
  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) specialty-accredited program as of 2009
  • Multimedia Educational Resources (for rehab stay and home use)
  • Onsite Wellness Program/Gym membership for outpatient
  • Support Group offered for patients, family/caregivers and friends
  • Seating and Mobility Assessment Clinic and Pressure Mapping for wheelchairs
  • Simulated home environment with use of Activities of Daily Living (ADL) apartment
  • 25+ nurses with specialty certification in rehab nursing (CRRN)
  • Comprehensive family training and education from beginning of stay through discharge
  • Therapeutic passes and community outings to assist with community reintegration
  • Home checklist to determine home accessibility needs
  • Continuum of care from Inpatient to Outpatient rehab services

    Spinal Cord Injury Program Outcomes

    * Includes non-traumatic and traumatic SCI cases.

    Total Patients 39 37 33 41
    Discharge to Sub-Acute (%) 00.00 05.41 03.03 02.44
    Discharge to Acute (%) 05.13 10.81 09.09 04.88
    Discharge to Community (%) 94.87 83.78 87.88 92.68

    At Adventist HealthCare Physical Health & Rehabilitation, our goal is get our patients HOME and back to life as quickly as possible.


    Please visit our admissions process page for more information on beginning your rehabilitation at Adventist Rehab.

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