Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
Overcoming challenges on the road to recovery
Recovery from spinal cord injury involves significant challenges and important choices. Where you go for treatment makes a difference. At California Rehabilitation Institute, you’ll find the comprehensive care, and advanced treatment, technologies, training and support to help restore your strength, skills and independence.

Your progress. Our programs.

California Rehabilitation Institute focuses on your individual needs and goals to prepare you for life ahead.  

  • A team approach to treatment

    We draw on the knowledge of a team of spinal cord injury specialists to address the medical, physical, functional and emotional issues you face.

    This interdisciplinary team is led by a physiatrist a physician board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Your team also includes rehabilitation nurses; physical, occupational, speech and recreation therapists; neuropsychologists; dietitians; case managers; and other clinical and support staff, depending upon your specific needs.

  • An individualized care plan

    A multidisciplinary team will tailor a treatment plan specific to your needs and goals:

    • Improve physical function and mobility
    • Develop strength, skills and strategies to perform daily activities
    • Manage breathing and respiratory issues
    • Manage spasticity and pain
    • Improve bladder and bowel function
    • Use adaptive equipment and technologies to increase independence
    • Address psychological, emotional, social or other difficulties as you adjust to life ahead
    • Return home, and resume work, school or community activities with as much confidence and independence as possible
  • Meeting your needs goals and expectations

    Rehabilitation is an active process that consists of therapy a minimum of three hours a day, five days a week. Your schedule will be divided into physical, occupational, speech and/or other therapy sessions throughout the day based on your needs. The skills and strategies you learn will be reinforced by your nursing team. You and your family will also be given the education and training needed to maintain your overall health and well-being following discharge from our hospital.

    While at our hospital, you will benefit from an integrated program that offers hands-on therapy and treatment and extensive education that may include:

    • Manual training to improve circulation and function
    • Functional electrical stimulation to enhance muscle activity
    • Adaptive equipment to assist with self-care
    • Spasticity, respiratory and medication management
    • Wheelchair seating and mobility training
    • Support groups and peer mentorship
    • Comprehensive care model follows progression of injury beyond hospitalization
       

    Your progress will be carefully monitored and your plan of care will be adjusted as you continue to move toward your goals.

  • Preparing you for life ahead
    It’s important to remember that recovery takes time. Every patient is different and your length of stay will depend on the extent of your injury, goals and personal progress. At the appropriate time, a case manager will coordinate your discharge, help arrange for any equipment and/or outpatient services and provide access to community resources that may be available to you and your family.
  • A unique continuum of care
    To help you return home and resume work, school, community and/or social activities, California Rehabilitation Institute provides unparalleled continuity of care. We are here to help you manage your health from inpatient to outpatient care.
Our patients say it best
Marian's Story
“I’d rather not to go back to a hospital, but if I had to, I’d go back to Cal Rehab in a heartbeat.”

Technology and research drive recovery

At California Rehabilitation Institute, we balance hands-on therapy with treatment that uses cutting-edge technologies to support your individual recovery. We also research, learn and implement the most promising new avenues of care.

The advanced technologies available to appropriate patients include:

  • Body weight supported treadmill training to improve gait
  • Robotic devices to build strength, enhance mobility and improve function
  • Electrical stimulation to reduce the loss of muscle tissue and improve cardiovascular function
  • Adaptive gaming and other computer-based tools to support participation in leisure activities and greater social interaction

Did you know?

Studies1 show that people with spinal cord injuries treated at a rehabilitation hospital like California Rehabilitation Institute have a higher level of independence and are more likely to be discharged home than those treated in other care settings. 
1 Dobson DaVanzo & Associates, LLC (2014).  Assessment of Patient Outcomes of Rehabilitative Care Provided in Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities and After Discharge.