The Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center’s spinal cord injury program is designed to assist those disabled by spinal injury and disease to recover the greatest degree of functional independence and highest quality of life possible. The program is interdisciplinary and requires intensive involvement by the client and family in goal-setting, therapies and evaluation.
Prior to treatment being initiated, a comprehensive evaluation by the clinical team is completed. The clinical team including patient and family will determine a treatment plan focused on returning the patient to the highest degree of function and independence. The core interdisciplinary team consists of a physiatrist which is a MD with specialty training in physical medicine and rehabilitation, registered nurse, occupational therapist, physical therapist, speech language pathologist, psychologist, certified therapeutic recreational specialist, and a case manager with either a background in nursing or social work. The individualized treatment may include individual and group education as well as spinal cord injury support group.
Additionally nutrition, clergy, respiratory, wound care, orthotic/prosthetics and peer support are available. As part of being located within a regional medical center, each patient has access to consultative medical services, such as urology, pulmonology, neurology, etc as indicated.
Outpatient services are provided by dedicated experienced staff that are aware of the unique and specialized needs of those disabled by spinal injury or disease. PNRC’s follow-up clinic is designed to meet the lifelong needs of the injured person.
The Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Clinic is a post injury, follow-up clinic dedicated to serving the unique lifetime needs of people who have sustained a serious spinal cord injury. Understanding how the injury effects the function of all the body systems is essential to maintaining good physical and emotional health. The services available through the SCI Clinic include:
- Physical assessment and medical treatments specific to SCI
- Flu and pneumonia immunizations
- Continuing education and reference materials
- Physical and Occupational Therapy consultations
- Psychological Services
- Referral from clinic for equipment evaluations
- Updates on new equipment, treatments, sports training events
The SCI Follow-Up Clinic appointments are made by calling by the Rehab Physician’s Office at (865) 331-1167.