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Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation

A spinal cord injury can be a devastating and traumatic event and can happen to a person at any age.  A spinal cord injury is the loss of some or all of an individual’s sensation and movement.  Rehabilitation can help you or your loved one regain strength and independence, learn new ways of doing things, and meet others with similar abilities.  Our spinal cord injury program is one of the only state-designated treatment facilities for brain and spinal cord injuries for children and adults.

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In addition to our 35-year plus legacy of proven rehabilitation expertise, you’ll have access to the latest research innovations for spinal cord injuries and benefit from the genuine passion of our staff. Both resources have a significant and positive impact on the healing process. Our Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

Our mission is to ensure that you have every opportunity for the best possible recovery. All so you can be you again.

A Truly Collaborative Approach

Our specially trained healthcare professionals carefully evaluate patients while they are still in the acute care hospital. They answer questions and help patients prepare for admittance to Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital. Once at Brooks, you can expect to be cared for by a team of rehabilitation experts. This team includes therapists from several disciplines, rehabilitation nurses and our board-certified physiatrists. Brooks offers the best patient-to-nurse and patient-to-therapist ratios among rehabilitation providers in the region—resulting in better outcomes.

We also believe family is important to recovery. As you begin your therapy, one of the first things we do is educate you and your family about spinal cord injury. Knowing as much as possible better equips you to handle your own personal care. Our nurses and therapists use innovative techniques to teach you about medication, health maintenance, blood pressure, toileting and skin care so you can enjoy greater independence.

The Quickest Route To Recovery

We know that intensive therapy helps patients with spinal cord injuries improve more quickly and function more independently than would otherwise be possible. At Brooks, you’ll receive more personally supervised therapy than you would in other spinal cord injury rehabilitation settings. In fact, each weekday you will receive three or more hours of therapy during your inpatient stay. Therapy is spaced throughout the day with nursing care and breaks at regular intervals. We also provide additional therapy and recreational activities on the weekends. Read more about the range of therapies that Brooks provides.

Your inpatient treatment will take place in our hospital, which was uniquely designed for spinal cord injury rehabilitation. Our aquatic therapy pool is equipped with wheelchair access. The large therapy gym is complete with a kitchen designed to help patients prepare for their return home. Familiar street signs and dramatic murals make you feel at home, but also help with orientation and guidance. The elevators are even equipped with mirrors so wheelchair patients can easily view the space around them.

Highest Quality Care Resulting In The Highest Success Rates

All of our resources are focused on one goal: your independence. Brooks has earned designation by the State of Florida Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program (BSCIP) for our inpatient and outpatient spinal cord injury programs. Designated facilities are required to maintain the highest level of expertise and experience to address the medical, rehabilitation and physiological needs of individuals who sustain brain and spinal cord injuries.

Most importantly, we’re getting results. Eighty-six percent of Brooks’ spinal cord injury patients are discharged to their homes, a rate that is significantly higher than national percentages.

A Continuum Of Care

Even when your stay in the hospital is over, Brooks remains committed to helping you grow and succeed with our comprehensive continuum of care.

Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital
Most patients come to the Brooks Rehabilitation Inpatient Hospital following a stay at an acute care hospital.  Typically, they then continue on to Brooks Home Health, the Brooks Outpatient Network or the Neuro Recovery Center. Patients may be able eligible to participate in a Brooks Center for Rehabilitation study.

Brooks Home Care Advantage
Many patients receive Brooks Home Health services usually after staying at the Brooks Rehabilitation hospital.  Following Home Health Care services the patient may then begin receiving care at the Brooks Outpatient Network, Brooks Neuro Recovery Center, Brooks Stroke Medicine or can transition to the Brooks Clubhouse.

Brooks Rehabilitation Outpatient Network
After receiving outpatient services following a stay at the Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital or following Home Health care, patients will usually transition to receive Brooks Spinal Cord Injury Medicine services, participate in a support group, transition to the Brooks Clubhouse or become involved in the Stroke Wellness Program.

Neuro Recovery Center
Brooks Rehabilitation Neuro Recovery Center will provide a seamless transition between stages of recovery for patients within the Brooks Rehabilitation system of care.  Patients typically access the Neuro Recovery Center following a visit to the rehabilitation hospital before or after outpatient rehabilitation.  Members of the community can also benefit from neuro recovery services years after a spinal cord injury.

Neurologic Day Treatment Program
Our comprehensive approach to spinal cord injury recovery continues in our unique Day Treatment Program.  After hospitalization, one of the most valuable steps patients who have a spinal cord injury can take is to participate in our Neuro Rehab Day Treatment Program. This program, along with outpatient therapy, helps to ease the transition from acute care or inpatient rehabilitation to home. It was created to help patients improve cognitive/ thinking, communication ability, social skills and emotional stability, all while the patient continues to regain physical abilities.

Spinal Cord Injury Medicine
At Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital, patients have access to a physician 24-hours a day. All of our doctors are highly skilled experts in rehabilitation medicine. They are physiatrists—physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists—and they lead the team to help our patients achieve their highest level of independence.

Brooks Rehabilitation Adaptive Sports and Recreation
Those living with a spinal cord injury can benefit from the Brooks Rehabilitation Adaptive Sports and Recreation Program. Whether it's wheelchair basketball, tennis, handcycling or adaptive rowing, those living with a brain injury can rebuild their strength and sense of independence while increasing body awareness, building self-confidence, learning new life skills and even making new friends. Children and adults participate at both recreational and competitive levels.

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Spinal Cord Injury Information Page

This online resource, provided by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, provides extensive information about spinal cord injuries, including possible treatments, details about current research being done, and a listing of related organizations.


Spinal Cord Injury FAQ

NeurosurgeryToday provides a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions and spinal cord injury

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Paralysis Resource Guide

The Paralysis Resource Guide is a free, 336-page book, intended as a comprehensive information tool for people affected by paralysis and those who care for them.

Facing Disability : For families facing spinal cord injuries

FacingDisability.com brings you the voices of experience. It is a place on the web where you can see and hear the most important answers to the questions we've all asked. We have more than 1,000 videos.

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