INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation



4219 S. Western (Administration)
Oklahoma City, OK 73109

Spinal Injury Rehabilitation

The spinal injury program at INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation in Oklahoma City offers a comprehensive range of 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.

Spinal Injury Rehabilitation FAQs

What technology is available to assist with spinal cord injury rehabilitation?

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

What type of training and education are part of the SCI program?‬

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. A specialized room
  3. Equipment Prescription including our specialized seating clinic
  4. Specialized education and SCI manual
  5. Family conference – to discuss patient/family concerns
  6. Specialized training for the individual and the caregiver
  7. Home evaluation – to provide assistance and recommendation for any possible home modifications
  8. 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.

What peer or family support is available?‬

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.

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

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.

What follow-up or life long care is available?‬‬

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 to 7pm.
  • Continued Therapy – INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation provides follow-up care through outpatient or home health. The south outpatient facility, located at 4100 S. Douglas, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73109 specializes in SCI recovery.

Who are members of the interdisciplinary SCI team?

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:

  • Physical medicine physicians led by our Spinal Cord Medical Director
  • Rehabilitation nursing
  • Speech/language pathology
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Nurse case management
  • Social work
  • Psychological service
  • Recreational therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Horticulture therapy
  • Aquatic therapy
  • Pet Therapy

Spinal Cord Injury Research

  • Clinical Connection for Clinical Trials
  • SCI clinical trial listings
  • Clinical trials
  • SCI info pages
  • The National Institute of Health
  • National Institute of Health on SCI
  • SCI clinical trial funding
  • Stem cell therapy for SCI
  • The Christopher Reeve Foundation on clinical trials
  • Spinal Cord Injury Blog on research
  • Spinal Cord Research and Advocacy
  • The Christopher Reeve Foundation on Research‬‬

CARF Accreditation

The 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.

If you have questions about INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation or the spinal cord injury program, please call 405-644-5356.

Understanding Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation

We don’t want to simply show you the practical side of living after a spinal cord injury. Our goal is to help you live fully – to recover not only as many physical abilities as possible, but to address emotional, mental and social changes as well. To that end, we offer a combination of therapies and services you won’t find anywhere else in the region, including:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Horticulture Therapy
  • Pet-Assisted Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Speech/Language Pathology
  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Psychological Services
  • Social Work
  • Home Evaluation for Accessibility Modifications
  • Physical Medicine Physicians
  • Dietetics

There’s a lot we can do to help you recover from a spinal cord injury, but with the cutting-edge technology available to you at today at INTEGRIS, we can make greater strides than ever before. To augment the human side of recovery, we also offer the latest advances in rehabilitation technology:

  • Armeo®Spring: A hand and arm retraining and rehabilitation system that provides arm weight support and real-time feedback through on-screen games and activities. The Armeo®Spring enables patients to use any remaining motor functions and encourages them to achieve a higher number of reach and grasp movements based on specific therapy goals.
  • Mobility Center: Jim Thorpe’s Mobility Center uses a variety of different state-of-the-art technologies to help you regain your ability to walk.
    • Lokomat®: Robotic assisted walking therapy that uses computerized legs, harness, and treadmill. It promotes a natural walking pattern with multiple adjustments for pace and assistance level.
    • EKSO™: A robotic exoskeleton walking device that allows an individual with no strength or limited strength to stand and walk. This is instrumental in improving balance, weight bearing and strength.
    • LiteGait: A partial weight-bearing walking device.
  • Aquatic Center: Located at INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation at Southwest Medical Center, the Aquatic Center takes advantage of the properties of water to enhance physical therapy treatments to help with walking and balance. The water can also improve upper body range of motion and strength. Often times individuals are able to identify and see movements in the water before they see them on land. The activities worked on in the water are carried over into land therapy.
  • Bioness® H200: A wireless device that uses electrical stimulation to improve hand function and strength. It can allow individuals with limited hand strength to grasp, hold, and release things such as a cup, razor, or key.
  • Bioness® Integrated Therapy System: A computer system that can be used while sitting or standing to help incorporate balance, coordination, as well as memory and reaction time. There are many different games and activities that can be individualized for each patient and their goals.
  • Bioness® L300 Plus: A device that can be worn on the upper and/or lower leg. It uses electrical stimulation to activate leg muscles during walking or standing.
  • Galileo® Whole Body Vibration System: An alternating vibration system that can be used while sitting or standing. The alternating vibration helps to mimic the movements of the pelvis during walking and can be used for decreasing spasticity, increasing balance, increasing strength and increasing circulation.
  • Vital Stim®: A system that delivers external electrical stimulation therapy to the throat muscles for the treatment of dysphagia (trouble swallowing).

Patient and family education is crucial to the rehabilitation process. Therefore, education sessions are held on a regular basis. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Anatomy/Physiology
  • Bowel/Bladder
  • Coping
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Financial Planning
  • Home Modifications
  • Secondary Medical Complications
  • Self-Care
  • Equipment Needs
  • Community Resources
  • Sports and Leisure
  • Sexuality Coping and Adjustment

At INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation, we feel that your recovery hinges on the support you get before and after you leave our care, so we have services for you as well as your family and caregivers. Below are some ways we connect:

  • Community Outings: Getting around in the community can be intimidating, but we schedule regular community outings for those in inpatient programs to help you get comfortable with it before you’re officially discharged.
  • Family Conference: There’s a lot for families to understand, so we like to get everyone in the same room to discuss any personal or family concerns.
  • Home Evaluation: We’re here to provide assistance and recommendations for possible home modifications.
  • Peer Mentor Program: People who have lived through a similar diagnosis or injury as the one you are experiencing are often the best resource. Many of our former Jim Thorpe “graduates” return on a regular basis to talk to and encourage patients who are just starting their own rehabilitation journey.
  • Caregiver Support Group: We don’t just focus on the patient, but the caregivers as well. In many ways, their life has been just as impacted. We offer continual support and resources for them as well.
  • Survivor Support Group: We never forget about our graduates. We’ll make sure you have the support and resources you need after you hospital stay.

Jim Thorpe performs follow up phone calls with survey questions at 3 months and one year post discharge.  Questions and answers are analyzed from year to year, and processes are modified to improve areas of need.  The following are results from FY 2017 and  FY 2018; with FY 2019 coming soon.



The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, known as CARF, is the accrediting body for inpatient rehabilitation programs.  INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation is the only Inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation facility in Oklahoma accredited for is spinal cord injury 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.