Spinal Cord Rehabilitation (Out Patient)

About Spinal Cord Rehabilitation


  • Improves ability in day-to-day activities.
  • Helps patients regain independence.
  • Provides the necessary tools that can help patients recover faster.
  • Highly skilled therapists continually monitor your condition and progress.

What is Spinal Cord Rehab?


Spinal cord rehabilitation is the preferred therapy option for people who have experienced pain and trauma to the spinal cord as the result of injury or disease.

The objective is to improve the range of motion of the joints, increase endurance and maximize function.

Injuries to the spinal cord are most often caused by an impact that dislocates the vertebrae, which are the bone disks that constitute the spine. Though most injuries do not damage the spinal cord, some of them cause grave injury. This happens when a part of the vertebrae tears into the tissue of the cord or bears down on the nerves that carry signals.

As a result, the spinal cord is unable to transmit messages to the brain, which affect the overall functionality of the body.  This creates paralysis in cases when the injury is grave.

However, if the injury is moderate, there is typically some sensation or movement below the area of injury. Spinal cord injury rehabilitation therapy will help the patient get back on the road to recovery and maximize the functionality of his or her body

How Rehab Helps

When a person has a spinal cord injury, he or she may become paralyzed, unable to walk again or to communicate easily. As devastating as this is on the patient, his her or family will also be hugely affected. However, there is reason for hope. Spinal cord injuries can be treated and spinal cord rehabilitation is the first step towards a return to partial or full previous function.

Spinal cord injury rehabilitation involves a team of dedicated rehabilitation specialists who will monitor your progress and identify solutions that will help you overcome your impairments. Patients must commit to the therapeutic process and work with a qualified team of spinal cord injury therapists such as physiotherapists and occupational therapists. Consistent therapy and close monitoring help patients move towards their goals.

Common Questions


Damage to the spinal cord due to injury can be permanent. Although a lot of research in the area of spinal cord repair and restauration is showing tremendous promise, at present there is no cure. In the absence of a cure, rehabilitation is essential in helping to move forward from the injury therapeutically.

Paraplegia is the paralysis from the waist down and quadriplegia refers to paralysis from approximately the shoulders down. Usually spinal cord injuries cause loss of sensation below the level of injury, including inability to control bladder and bowel.

The most common reasons for spinal cord injury are car accidents. Sports injuries and falls are other causes.

The therapy is individualized and the exercises and programs can help strengthen muscles that are associated with movement. The focus is on restoring as much function as possible so that you can do daily activities like eating, dressing and managing other tasks at home.

Coverage Options


pt Health therapy services are covered by most extended health insurance companies and in some cases Veterans Affairs and Medicare – such as OHIP (Ontario), Alberta Health Care and Medical Service Plan MSP (British Columbia). Not sure if you’re covered? No problem. We can help you find out (and usually within the hour). Just call us toll free at 1-866-749-7461.

At pt Health we believe your health should come first. We take care of the paperwork so you can focus on getting better, plus we offer direct insurance billing, saving you time and up front costs.

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‘The facilitatory impact of the rural social setting’ (2000) is a research body that studied the effectiveness of spinal cord injury rehabilitation. It stated how the therapy can work for 47 agricultural industry workers who suffered from spinal cord injury.

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