Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation

The spinal cord injury program at INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation in Oklahoma City offers a comprehensive range of adolescent and adult services to treat injuries and diseases that affect the spinal cord. INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation services range from inpatient and outpatient programs to community and home-based rehabilitative care.


Kristi Self, M.D., is the program medical director for spinal cord injury at Jim Thorpe.

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The INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation spinal cord injury program utilizes specialized technology to enhance the traditional therapies provided.

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Every injury and individual are different. There is no cookie-cutter approach, as each individual will respond differently to things. In addition to three hours of physical, occupational and/or speech therapy five out of seven days, you may have:

  1. Bowel/Bladder Programs
  2. Specialized Room 
  3. Specialized training
  4. Equipment Prescription including our specialized seating clinic
  5. Specialized education and SCI manual
  6. Family conference—to discuss patient/family concerns
  7. Specialized training for the individual and the caregiver
  8. Home evaluation—to provide assistance and recommendation for any possible home modifications
  9. Community outings—to help the patient feel comfortable getting around in the community prior to discharge

Weekly Education groups—We provide weekly education groups led by the therapy or psychology departments. Family and education is vital for success and management of a SCI. Some of the topics include, but are not limited to:

  1. Anatomy
  2. Secondary medical complications
  3. Self-care
  4. Equipment needs
  5. Community resources
  6. Sports and leisure
  7. Sexuality coping and adjustment
  8. Emergency Preparedness
INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation provides additional education available online. Click here for more information.

Family and peer support are crucial for recovery. INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation has a peer mentor program and a monthly spinal cord injury survivor  group. Additionally, a monthly caregivers support group is offered the third Thursday of every month.

Oklahoma Adaptive Sports AssociationINTEGRIS Jim Thorpe also offer a wide range of community-based support programs and educational services, including wheelchair sports and the Oklahoma Adaptive Sports Association. Learn more about OKASA.

INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation focuses not only on the care of the individual following spinal cord injury, but on prevention as well. Members of the spinal cord injury team are affiliated with ThinkFirst Program. Learn more about ThinkFirst Program.

Discharge can be an overwhelming and challenging experience. The patient and family are returning home without a call light to gain immediate assistance. Making the transition home as easy as possible, is priority. The following are options to help ease the transition:

  • Coordination of Care—Communication is key. Through a tour and verbal communication, information is passed from one setting to the next through transition of care. Some of the information passed on include: current level, goals, progress made, challenges, family support, etc. This makes the transition easier and seamless.
  • Follow-up Clinic—Dr. Self, INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Spinal Cord Injury Medical Director, provides a follow up clinic in which she will follow an individual's care 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, and 12 months after discharge. She will address SCI related needs and make referrals to other programs and physicians as needed. Many individuals with SCI are readmitted to the hospital within the first year of injury due to SCI related complications. Attending the follow up clinic at regularly scheduled intervals will help decrease the likelihood of re-hospitalization. The social worker will set-up this appointment with Dr. Self prior to discharge. 
  • Survivor Group—INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe has monthly survivor groups that provide camaraderie and education. It meets the first Thursday of every month, from 5:30-7pm. Click here for more information.
  • Continued Therapy—INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation provides follw-up care through outpatient or home health. The south outpatient facility, located at 4100 S. Douglas, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73109 specializes in SCI recovery. 

A patient who has suffered a spinal cord injury can be admitted to INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation from another hospital, rehabilitation program or from home by a patient, physician or family referral. The patient and caregiver(s) are the primary team members.  Individualized treatment plans are created to work on what is important to the patient. Interdisciplinary team members may include: (Click on the green word for more information)

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation FacilitiesThe Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, known as CARF, is the accrediting body for inpatient rehabilitation programs. INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation is one of only three inpatient rehabilitation facilities in Oklahoma accredited for its stroke specialty program.

This type of accreditation is granted only to organizations that show substantial fulfillment of the standards established by CARF. An organization receiving a three-year accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated that its programs and services are of the highest quality.



E.H. Pittman, INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Courage Award Recipient

E.H. Pittman, a soldier with the 45th Infantry Brigade, had just returned from a year in Afghanistan when he went to work at the 7-Eleven in Moore. That evening, an EF5 tornado would come barreling down on the store where he was working and his life was changed forever. When the sirens sounded, Pittman rushed his co-workers and customers into the bathroom. He continued his heroic efforts by shielding those in most need – a young mom and her infant son. After the tornado had passed, Pittman was the first to be rescued. Upon being pulled from the rubble, he continued his efforts by telling rescuers where the others were located. Pittman had suffered critical injuries – severe wounds, fractured shoulder blades, collapsed lungs and a broken back. Although paralyzed, he continues to work toward his ultimate goal of walking again.

The INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Courage Award was established in 1994 to recognize and honor individuals who have overcome disabilities caused by injury or illness, by facing the physical and mental challenges of rehabilitation with courage and determination.

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If you have questions about INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation or the spinal cord injury program, please call 800-764-7652 or 405-644-5355.

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