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Return to Independence After SCI


While participating in an inpatient rehabilitation program, patients with spinal cord injury will be provided with a personalized occupational therapy program. All programs are geared towards gaining the independence and the confidence required to discharge home safely. The goal of occupational therapy (OT) is to work on the skills needed for a person to successfully return to his or her life. This may mean learning how to do tasks in new adapted ways or working towards regaining the strength needed to complete everyday activities. Occupational therapy focuses on the ability to complete activities of daily living (ADL) such as self-feeding, grooming, dressing, bathing, toileting, and cooking. An OT program may also work on skills like power wheelchair mobility, flexibility, strength, balance, vision, cognition, assistive technology, adaptive driving, and return to work and community requirements.


As part of an interdisciplinary team, our occupational therapists provide re-evaluations to both local and non-local patients with spinal cord injuries, including those who are new to the Craig Hospital system. Depending on the patient, re-evaluations include functional abilities, posture and positioning, arm and hand issues, and motor and sensory changes. At the end of the re-evaluation, recommendations are made which can then be followed up in conjunction with a patient's local therapists and support systems. Upgrade programs for more extensive therapy needs are available for those who qualify.