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Spinal cord injury

"For each of us there are conditions of healing that are as unique as a fingerprint." — Rachel Naomi Remen, MD

Experienced care

For almost 40 years, our inpatient rehabilitation program has specialized in spinal cord injury rehabilitation. Our doctors are board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and have extensive experience. The staff is committed to providing the best care and will collaborate with you and your family to meet your individual needs.

The rehabilitation program

Your needs and goals will guide the development of your rehabilitation plan. Typically, a person who has had a spinal cord injury will work on increasing strength, balance, flexibility, coordination and endurance. The nurses and therapists will give you extensive education about spinal cord injuries and help you become as independent as possible with daily living activities and getting around in the community.

Your program will typically include:

  • three hours of daily therapy Monday–Saturday with a combination of occupational, physical, speech and recreational therapies and psychology
  • daily visits from the doctor and 24-hour rehab nursing
  • working closely with your team to ensure a smooth transition to home or other discharge destination
  • outpatient or home therapy and follow-up appointments with your doctor and specialists (if needed)
  • help with family life issues, spasticity management, returning to work or school and driving (if needed)

Regions Hospital - Rehabilitation Institute -  Spinal cord injury - Spine diagram

Family involvement

Your family is an important part of the team and can help speed your recovery, so we encourage them to participate in a variety of ways.

  • During the first week you are with us, we’ll meet with you and your family to review medical history, therapy progress, level of functioning, rehab plans and discharge options.
  • When you and your family are ready, you may leave the hospital on a day pass. This will give you a chance to identify potential needs at home or in the community as well as practice new skills.
  • Our therapists can visit your home and address barriers to your day-to-day living. They also can help educate family members about how best to assist you.
  • We welcome questions from family members at any time. Your family is encouraged to attend therapy sessions and times will be arranged for family and caregiver education.

Location & contact information

If you have any question about the program or would like to arrange a tour, please call our admissions coordinator, at 651-629-1019 or contact our outpatient clinics at:

Regions Hospital Rehabilitation Institute

640 Jackson Street
St. Paul, MN 55101
Phone: 651-254-2071
FAX: 651-254-0910

Regions Hospital Hand & Physical Therapy

295 Phalen Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55101
Phone: 651-254-3200
FAX: 651-254-3212

Regions Hospital Rehabilitation Institute

8425 Seasons Parkway
Woodbury, MN 55125
Phone: 651-415-4140
FAX: 651-254-9197