Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation

Though any spinal cord injury is unfortunate, you are fortunate to have INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe nearby, with the region’s foremost array of therapies, experts and technology.

You couldn’t be in better hands.


Your spinal cord is a crucially important part of your central nervous system. It’s responsible for carrying nerve signals such as muscle commands, feelings and senses back and forth from your brain to every part of your body and is protected by your spine. When it’s injured due to traumatic injury, infection or tumors, it can be bruised or torn. This is called a spinal cord injury (SCI), and the results range widely depending on the location and severity of the injury. It can range from minor decreased sensation to paralysis.

Understanding Terms

Spinal cord injuries are often discussed in terms of whether they are “complete” or “incomplete.” A complete injury means that there is no movement or feeling below the level of the injury, while an incomplete injury means that there is still some degree of feeling or movement below the level of the injury.

We’re With You

Whether you’ve suffered a spinal cord injury or it’s happened to someone you love, you’re likely scared and confused. Though such an injury is certainly unfortunate, you are fortunate to have INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe nearby. Jim Thorpe brings you the region’s most comprehensive collection of therapies, experts and technologies, making life after a spinal cord injury more fulfilling, active and independent than was ever possible before. Your multidisciplinary team of physiatrists, therapists and specialists will be with you through each and every step of recovery – caring not only for the injury but for the whole you.

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
  • Wound Care Specialists
  • 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:

  • Electronic Aides to Daily Living: Electronic Aides to Daily Living (EADLs) are used in our specialty SCI unit room. The individual is able to use an IPAD or voice activation to control the television, blinds, thermostat and lights. A therapist can also assist in setting up an individual’s IPAD or smart phone while using different styli to determine what adjustments the individual might need to be as independent as possible.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Electrical stimulation is a proven and evidence based method for assisting in recovery from a spinal cord injury.
  • 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.
  • Motomed® Functional Electrical Stimulation: Uses electrical stimulation for arms or legs and can be individually programmed for different muscle groups. The individual will sit in a chair and perform stationary biking with the assistance of the electrical stimulation. Electrical stimulation is an evidence based practice that has been shown to improve muscle activation and increase muscle tone.
  • 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 a vital and important part of 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

INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation feels family/caregiver support is a vital part of the rehabilitation process. Below are some ways we connect:

  • Community Outings: Getting around in the community can be intimidating, but we schedule regular community outing for those in inpatient programs to help you get comfortable with it before you’re discharged.
  • Family Conference: There’s a lot for families to understand, so we like to get everyone in the same room to discuss you and your family concerns.
  • Home Evaluation: To provide assistance and recommendations for possible home modifications.
  • Peer Mentor Program: People who have been in your shoes before are often the best resource.
  • Caregiver Support Group: Continual support and resources for caregivers.
  • Survivor Support Group: Support and resources for you after your hospital stay.
  • Seating Clinic: High-tech assessment, measuring and fitting for wheelchairs.

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