A spinal cord injury is caused by trauma or disease to the spinal cord, most often resulting in paralysis (loss of strength), loss of sensation (feeling) and control over body functions. Between 180,000 and 230,000 Americans are paralyzed as a result of spinal cord injury, and an additional 7,800 suffer new injuries each year.
Carolinas Rehabilitation offers one of the most renowned and effective spinal cord injury (SCI) programs in the Southeast. Year after year, our program helps our patients reach optimal functional levels faster and returns more people to their homes than most other rehabilitation hospitals. Located adjacent to Carolinas Medical Center, one of the nation's top-ranked hospitals, Carolinas Rehabilitation combines experienced care teams with services that help our patients overcome the many hurdles of rehabilitation.
Due to our long-term success and accomplished staff, we are often considered for clinical trials and research studies offering new treatment options for patients with SCI.
In addition, we treat other neurological conditions including one of the area's only post-polio programs, allowing us to treat and offer therapy to the nearly two million polio survivors in the United States.
Each team is led by one of our dedicated spinal cord injury physicians. In addition to the physician, the team may consist of:
- Physical, occupational or speech therapists
- Recreational therapists
- Social workers
- Vocational evaluators
- Educational specialists
Because of this multiphase, comprehensive approach, our program continually exceeds national standards in the number of patients who are discharged to resuming their lives in their communities.
Our comprehensive spinal cord team has many years of experience and expertise in SCI rehabilitation. This team will individually tailor the patient's inpatient program to best meet the needs of the patient and work to return the patient to the highest level of functioning possible.
We continually strive to meet excellent standards in our efforts to help patients who have sustained life-altering injuries return to their homes and communities. We carefully monitor our outcomes (PDF) compared to similar facilities across the nation in an effort to continually meet or exceed standards.
Specialty Services for SCI Patients
Carolinas Rehabilitation has many special services, including but not limited to:
One of the advantages of choosing Carolinas Rehabilitation is our ability to offer the full continuum of care for our patients. From outpatient physician services to physical, occupational and speech therapy, the SCI program is designed for each patient, developed by the multi-disciplinary outpatient team. We specialize in teaching functional independence skills and educating patient and families on wellness and use of adaptive equipment.
The SCI/D Social Group brings together individuals with spinal cord injuries and diseases, family members and friends to meet and socialize, ask questions and provide answers.