Spinal Cord Rehabilitation
Spinal Cord Injury Program
MRC accepts patients directly from intensive care units and aggressively starts rehab from day one. Patients are admitted with spinal cord injuries that have potential.
A dedicated physician who specializes in the medical and rehab management of patients with spinal cord injuries leads the Spinal Cord Injury Program. The team consists of a multidisciplinary team of rehab nurses, a case manager, social workers, pharmacist, physical, speech, language, pathology, occupational and recreational therapists. The team works to establish short-term and long-term goals designed to help patients regain their strength, endurance and functional independence.
MRC provides cardiac and pulmonary monitoring for the spinal cord injured patient. Ventilator management and weaning is an important aspect of the treatment.
Patients with spinal cord injuries receive training in wheelchair seating issues, which helps them avoid posture, skin and respiratory difficulties that may occur.
Alternative communication and adaptive equipment may be necessary as determined by an evaluation by staff from the Assistive Technology Assessment Center. Training is provided for patients and caregivers on acceptance of recommendations.