Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation – Spinal Cord Injury
A damaged spinal cord can affect your entire life. Patients who have injuries or diseases of the spinal cord require specialized, ongoing care. At Penn State Health Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), our experts provide individualized care.
Our PM&R physiatrists (physicians who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation) work with the surgeons in our Level 1 Trauma Center at Penn State Health following a patient's spine injury or surgery.
Our rehabilitation team is involved in patient care from the start and may continue to coordinate nonsurgical care throughout your lifetime, if needed.
How we can help
Penn State Health offers both inpatient (in the hospital) and outpatient (not requiring a hospital stay) rehabilitation programs for patients with spinal cord injuries. Services include:
- Medical management of chronic (ongoing) conditions and complications of spinal cord injury
- Peer mentoring program
- Phone support with a certified rehabilitation nurse on weekdays
- Support group for patients
- Transition-to-home pathways for those with paraplegia and tetraplegia
- Training for patients and family or caregivers on care issues for spinal cord injury
Spinal cord conditions treated
The PM&R physiatrists, specialists and nurses at Penn State Health have extensive training and experience in caring for patients who have spinal cord injuries. Among the many conditions we treat include:
- Nerve damage from spinal stenosis (abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal that creates pressure on the spinal cord and nerves)
- Spinal cord syndromes that cause neuromuscular problems
- Traumatic injuries
- Tumors or cancer
- Vascular problems such as abnormal blood vessels