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.
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.
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
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 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.
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!
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
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.