Spinal Cord Injury
The JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in central New Jersey provides comprehensive services for patients who have an injury to the spinal cord. The focus of the program is to address a patient's medical problems and maximize mobility and functional independence.
Each patient receives a comprehensive evaluation during the first days of his or her inpatient stay in our NJ facility. Based upon the individual's needs and the team's recommendations, goals and a treatment program will developed. This program may address any of the following areas:
- Wheelchair mobility
- Transfer in/out of bed
- Bowel and bladder function
- Adjustment to changes in health status
- Medication education
- Skin care
- Leisure activities
- Tub/shower/toilet use
Daily therapy schedules are tailored to meet individual needs. Therapy is scheduled for three hours a day, Monday through Friday. Specialized clinics are recommended as needed; these may include Prosthetic and Orthotic Clinic and Spasticity Clinic.
Depending upon the patient's progress, an inpatient stay typically lasts between two and three weeks. The rehabilitation team meets weekly to discuss each patient's goals, progress and discharge plans. Family members are expected to take an active part in training and discharge planning. Additional services for continued therapy, including home care, outpatient therapy, and day rehab, are available upon discharge.