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Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation

Spinal cord injury (SCI) treatment and rehabilitation focuses on aggressively working with patients physically and psychologically, so that in a short period of time patients can maximize their neurological recovery and general health. Our clinicians and physicians educate SCI patients about all aspects of their injury and care. We want patients to return home as independent and productive as possible, prepared to resume their lives.

Craig Hospital offers a powerful community of hope and possibility

Our individualized, comprehensive, and family-oriented approach to inpatient spinal cord injury rehabilitation and treatment creates a caring culture of hope and possibilities. We offer highly specialized and experienced staff, state-of-the-art rehabilitation facilities and equipment, proven treatment methods, a large group of patients with similar injuries, and a positive and caring attitude that permeates the hospital.

Our Patients

We serve patients with all levels and severity of spinal cord injury. Each year we treat approximately 300 people with spinal cord injuries. At any given time we are treating between 50-55 people with spinal cord injuries. Craig also has one of the largest ventilator-dependent and weaning spinal cord injury programs in the country.

Statistics

300

people with spinal cord injury are treated at Craig each year

75 %

of our SCI patients are male

40

is the average age of our spinal cord injury patients

Although your life has significantly changed, you still can go back into the world and have a good life, and we will show you how.

Craig Hospital Philosophy

Paraplegic Patient in Physical Rehabilitation at Craig Hospital Following Spinal Cord Injury

Statistics

50 %

of our SCI patients' injuries are motor vehicle related

17 %

of our SCI patients were injured in falls

10 %

of our SCI patients were injured playing sports

28

average number of days from date of spinal cord injury to admission

55 %

have ASIA "incomplete" spinal cord injuries (motor and/or sensory sparing)

Team Approach

Spinal Cord Injury Patient Working With Craig Hospital's Interdisciplinary Treatment Team

Craig's spinal cord injury rehabilitation program is organized by interdisciplinary treatment teams led by our own physicians, with a single physician management model. These core teams are comprised of the patient, his or her family, the physician, and a nurse, nurse technician, physical therapist, occupational therapist, therapeutic recreation therapist, clinical care manager, clinical psychologist, dietician, chaplain and pharmacist. When necessary, representatives from respiratory therapy, speech/language pathology, and other consultants and treatment professionals who specialize in SCI also are included on the team.

Family Involvement

Spinal Cord Injury Patient's Family Involvement in Rehabilitation at Craig Hospital

Family is a critical part of the rehabilitation process at Craig Hospital. Family members are encouraged to participate in therapies, educational sessions, regular patient-family conferences and therapeutic outings. Craig has state-of-the-art, accessible family apartments on campus. Craig is a very family-friendly environment, with multiple family relaxation and hospitality areas.

Patient Story

In November 2012, Kaleb Wilson sustained a spinal cord injury after a diving accident. With the help of Craig Hospital, Kaleb was able to reach his goal of giving his bride her dream wedding!

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"The people at Craig become family."

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Craig Hospital's inpatient spinal cord injury rehabilitation program not only serves patients who are newly-injured, but may also serve those who are experiencing a late onset complication of spinal cord injury and require a period of inpatient hospitalization. Such complications may include skin surgery, neurosurgery or other medical/surgical procedures.

Choosing a specialty hospital

Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program at Craig Hospital

When choosing a rehabilitation program for someone with a spinal cord injury, it's important to select a system of care that provides specialized treatment, care, services, and equipment. Because of the complexity of these injuries, most experts agree that patients should be treated in a specialty hospital like Craig.