How to Find the Best Rehab after a Spinal Cord Injury


What is rehabilitation and what does it look like after a spinal cord injury?

Rehabilitation is an imperative part of recovery for someone who has sustained a spinal cord injury. It aims to enhance and improve the abilities that you need for daily life. Each person’s rehabilitation plan will be carefully designed by a team of doctors and physical therapists and will be unique to their injury.

How to choose a rehabilitation center?

There are many options to choose from when selecting a rehabilitation center. Make sure that the patients’ needs are assessed fully and select the best center to accommodate their needs. The convenience of location is not always the best option. Find a facility that can provide maximum recovery.

What questions to ask?

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The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation lists some imperative questions that should be asked when finding the best rehabilitation center.

  • Does the facility have experience with the particular diagnosis or condition?
  • How many patients with the specific diagnosis or condition does the facility see per year?
  • How far is the patient willing to travel or be away from family?
  • Does the facility have cutting-edge therapies?
  • Is the facility age-appropriate?
  • What is the staff to patient ratio?
  • Is the facility accredited – that is, does it meet professional standards of care for your specific needs?

Where are rehabilitation centers?

According to the SCI-Info-Pages these 12 hospitals were ranked for rehabilitation services and were recommended by at least 5% of the rehabilitation specialists responding to the U.S. News surveys in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

  1. Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Chicago, IL
  2. Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, West Orange, NJ
  3. Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Charlestown, MA
  4. TIRR Memorial Hermann, Houston, TX
  5. University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA
  6. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  7. Rusk Institute, NYU Langone Medical
  8. Craig Hospital, Englewood, CO
  9. Shepherd Center, Atlanta, GA
  10. Moss Rehab, Elkins Park, PA
  11. New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY
  12. UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside, Pittsburgh, PA
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SCI-Info-Pages additionally has a useful list of spinal cord injury hospitals and rehabilitation centers listed by state. Follow this link for additional information.

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