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Rehabilitation Considerations After a Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injuries can range from fairly to minor to very serious. When the spinal cord injury causes significant medical complications, rehabilitation is sometimes necessary. When it comes to rehabilitation, it is crucial that the patient and patient’s family members realize that not all rehab programs are the same. Any rehab program that is being considered must be carefully checked to ensure that the needs of the patient are taken into account.

One of the first factors that you need to consider is what aspects of the spinal cord injury does the facility specialize in. Many rehab facilities specialize in a few aspects of having a spinal cord injury. For example, some might specialize in helping people with limb function re-learn to walk to use their arms. These centers might not be geared toward helping someone who is paralyzed.

A second factor to consider is what specialists work at the facility. Rehab nurses who have received specialized training to help people overcome their spinal cord injury are some professionals that might be present. Physiatrists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, vocational therapists, and recreational therapists are some of the other specialists that might work at the center. In some cases, counselors and rehab psychologists will also be present to help with the mental aspects of a spinal cord injury.

A third factor is the accreditation of the facility. One accrediting agency is the not-for-profit Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. You can contact the agency to determine if the facility you are considering is accredited for spinal cord injury rehabilitation.

All aspects of life after a spinal cord injury require serious thought. One decision that you might need to make is whether you plan on seeking compensation for your injury if your injury was caused by an accident. As is the case with all decisions related to the injury, you should get as much information as you can about seeking compensation in Los Angeles so you can make an informed choice.

Source: Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, “Rehabilitation and Choosing a Rehab Center,” accessed Feb. 17, 2016