Outpatient Therapy for Spinal Cord Injury

Outpatient therapy is an incremental step in many patients’ recovery from spinal cord injury and other related neurologic diagnoses. Patients may be referred to outpatient therapy following discharge from inpatient rehabilitation. Outpatient therapy may also be recommended intermittently during the patient’s lifetime as his or her medical status may change.

Frazier Rehab's outpatient Spinal Cord Program, on the 11th floor of the downtown Frazier Rehab Institute, offers activity-based therapies, such as locomotor training, which focuses on the recovery of more normal movement patterns for people with spinal cord injury.  This location is the largest center for the NeuroRecovery Network - which is supported by the Christopher Reeve Foundation.  Patients in the NeuroRecovery Network Program will receive physical and occupational therapies.  Patients participate in therapy five day a week for 1.5 hours / session.  Some patients may also receive speech therapy to assist with communication, swallowing and/or cognitive rehab.

Once a patient is admitted into outpatient therapy, each therapist will perform a thorough evaluation and develop treatment plans and goals for the patient to progress this person to his or her highest level of independence.  Our therapists treat each patient as unique individuals by incorporating functional activity, utilizing specialized exercises and emphasizing a wholistic approach.  The following is a description of the different types of therapists each patient may have on his or her outpatient therapy team.

  • The physical therapist helps prevent secondary conditions associated with loss of mobility that achieve healthy and active lifestyles. Physical therapists examine individuals and develop plans using treatment techniques that promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability.
  • The occupational therapist helps develop skills that are important for independent living such as getting dressed, cooking a meal, driving a car or returning to work.  An occupational therapist’s approach emphasizes the patient’s physical, emotional and cognitive status, but special attention is given to the arms, hands and fingers since these areas are our primary tools of function.   
  • The speech therapist helps with speech, language, voice, communication, swallowing and thinking skills like concentration and remembering.  A speech therapist may help patients regain strength and coordination in their mouth muscles for speaking as well as teach the patient and his or her family techniques to improve thinking skills so the patient can progress to more independent living. 
  • The recreational therapist helps with participation in leisure activities adapted to the patient’s level of independence and promotes overall healthy and balanced lifestyles.  Recreational therapists use many different leisure activities to treat patients including adapted sports (quad rugby, wheelchair tennis, wheelchair basketball, adapted rowing), arts and crafts, therapy animals, games, dance and movement, drama, music and community reintegration outings. 
  • The psychologist helps with counseling and support for coping and adjusting to complex medical conditions, as well as provides education to patients and their families.  A neuropsychologist will help evaluate a patient who has difficulty with brain functioning as a result of a medical event like trauma or stroke and then make recommendations for follow up care.

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

For more information or to refer a patient call 502.582.7415.

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