Montefiore Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Spinal Cord Injuries
Rehabilitation is a vital part of ongoing care for spinal cord injuries resulting from devastating injury, sudden illness or chronic disease.
Our comprehensive spinal cord program helps patients improve function, build strength and regain or maintain the independence needed to actively engage in all aspects of life after injury caused by:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Spinal stenosis
- Spinal Syrinx
- Compression fractures
Our team typically forms long-lasting relationships with our spinal cord patients and their families. This approach builds the trust and understanding needed to actively assess any issues—physical, psychosocial or otherwise—that occur, and adjust treatment strategy as necessary. Our primary goals are to help you:
- Adapt to mobility challenges and achieve the best possible life in spite of physical limitations.
- Improve physical function.
- Avoid future health problems.
- Develop the skills to perform daily activities.
We are also vigilant about preventing secondary complications. But, should they occur, we treat all of the medical issues related to spinal cord disorders, such as:
- Acute and chronic pain
- Respiratory problems
- Loss of bladder and/or bowel control
- Pressure sores
- Abnormal blood pressure or body temperature control
- Deep Vein thrombosis
- Loss of sensation, including the ability to feel heat, cold and touch
- Deteriorating muscle strength or coordination
- Nerve damage
- Urinary tract infections
- Changes in sexual function, sexual sensitivity and fertility
Multidisciplinary Care: Invaluable Benefits for You
Spinal cord rehabilitation requires a multidisciplinary approach. In addition to a physiatrist, our spinal cord injury team may include:
- A physical therapist to focus on lower extremity function and develop treatment to increase mobility, reduce pain and prevent future disability.
- An occupational therapist to address upper extremity dysfunction and difficulties in activities of daily living.
- A speech-language pathologist to cover issues of communication and swallowing.
Our team will be with you every step of the way, as you achieve greater independence and a sense of control over your situation and environment.