Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation

St. Charles is a leading New York expert in spinal cord injury (SCI) rehabilitation and one of only nine hospitals in the United States to offer a clinical trial of the Indego Exoskeleton, a robotic frame that enables medically-qualified patients with SCI to stand and walk.

On Long Island, St. Charles is the first to achieve accreditation in both inpatient and outpatient medical rehabilitation from CARF International, the global leader in rehabilitation accrediation and we host the only CARF-accredited acute rehabilitation program for spinal cord injury on Long Island.

At St. Charles, we focus on acute rehabilitation because research has shown that rehabilitative care delivered at this level of intensity offers improved patients outcomes when compared to subacute care. Learn more.

Ninety-eight percent of our patients report that Inpatient Rehabilitation St. Charles prepared them to return home. More about our outcomes.

Adults treated in the Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program include those with complete and incomplete spinal cord injuries, such as:

  • Anterior cord syndrome
  • Central cord syndrome
  • Brown-Sequard syndrome
  • Quadrepelgia
  • Parapelegia

Children with spinal cord injury are treated through St. Charles’ Pediatric Rehabilitation Program.

Features of the Spinal Cord Injury Program at St. Charles include:

  • Cutting Edge Tools for Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation: Indego Exoskeleton: St. Charles is one of only nine hospitals in the nationa to conduct a clinical trial of this wearable robotic frame, which give medically qualified spinal cord injured patients the opportunity to stand up and walk.
  • Intensive Therapy: Core therapies (physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy) provided a minimum of three hours per day, five days a week. Research shows that this level of intensity, referred to as acute rehabilitation, delivers improved outcomes when compared to subacute care.
  • Expert Care: St. Charles has 8 board-certified physiatrists on staff specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation. St. Charles nurses are certified rehabilitation registered nurses (CRRNs). Together, our doctors and nurses provide 24-hour care to our patients with an amputation.shows that level of intensity, referred to as acute rehabilitation, delivers improved outcomes when compared to subacute care.
  • A Customized, Team-based Treatment Approach: Each patient is supported in their rehabilitation by an entire team of clinicians  with specific expertise in their areas. The team works collaboratively to keep patients motivated as they work intensively to find new ways to think, move, walk, talk, eat, and care for themselves.
  • An Immersive Environment: The first rehabilitation module of its kind on Long Island, Downtown St. Charles enables patients to practice real-world adaptive skills while they are still in the hospital. This is important for spinal cord injury patients, who must learn new ways of moving, eating, communicating and caring for themselves before discharge.
  • Complimentary Treatments: St. Charles offers complimentary treatments not widely available elsewhere, such as acupuncture for pain management. These are offered in conjunction with, rather than in place of, mainstream medicine.
  • Education and Support for Patients, Families and Caregivers:
    • Spinal Cord Injury Education program helps patients understand their diagnosis and the rehabilitation process.
    • Family/Caregiver orientation and regular meetings help build a strong support system for patients during treatment and beyond.
    • Falls Prevention and Home Education Program designed to empower patients and prevent falls after discharge.
    • Spinal Cord Injury Support Group for patients currently admitted for rehabilitation, as well as those who have been discharged from our program.

St. Charles Maintains Highest Rehabilitation Accreditation; Adds Brain Injury Specialty

St. Charles has achieved its third consecutive three-year accreditation in Rehabilitation and added specialty accreditation in Brain Injury Rehabilitation from CARF International, the global leader in rehabilitation accreditation.

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St. Charles Maintains Highest Rehabilitation Accreditation; Adds Brain Injury Specialty

St. Charles has achieved its third consecutive three-year accreditation in Rehabilitation and added specialty accreditation in Brain Injury Rehabilitation from CARF International, the global leader in rehabilitation accreditation.

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