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Spinal Cord Injury

Proven SCI Expertise

Since 1975, Methodist Rehabilitation Center has helped thousands of spinal cord injury patients reach the highest possible level of independence. This experience gives us the proven expertise that no other Mississippi hospital can claim. As the state’s premier provider of a comprehensive spinal cord injury rehabilitation program, we treat patients – from teenager to adult – with spinal cord injuries resulting from trauma or illness.

Our Team

Our spinal cord injury team is led by a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physician and includes nurse practitoners, certified rehabilitation nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, respiratory therapists, therapeutic recreation specialists, dieticians, pharmacists, case managers, social workers, neuropsychologists, biomedical engineers, orthotists and assistive technology and robotic equipment specialists.


We also encourage referring physicians to remain involved in the patient’s care, and we consult other medical specialists as needed. Family members also are encouraged to be a part of therapy and educational sessions.

Our Program

After undergoing a comprehensive evaluation, patients receive individualized treatment plans designed to encourage maximum recovery. Our spinal cord injury team works with patients, family members and referring physicians to set goals for a successful return to home, work, school and community life. 

Patients benefit from a comprehensive treatment schedule that typically includes occupational, physical, speech, respiratory and recreational therapy. When not in therapy, patients are cared for by nursing staff, who help promote independence by helping patients practice skills learned in therapy and by providing education on a variety of rehab topics.

Family members are always welcome to be part of the process and are encouraged to take advantage of group support and educational opportunities.

Issues typically addressed during the recovery process include:

Activities of Daily Living. Learning how to meet daily needs is an essential part of rehabilitation following a spinal cord injury. Through individual and group treatment programs, we help patients re-learn and accomplish daily tasks related to self-care (i.e. dressing, eating, bathing, and bladder and bowel retraining), home management and driving. 

Mobility. Spinal cord injury patients participate in exercise programs designed to promote neuroplasticity recovery and to improve strength, mobility and endurance for performing everyday activities. Physical therapists work with patients to learn how to use a wheelchair on a variety of surfaces, how to transfer from a wheelchair to a bed, toilet, tub or car, and how to walk with assistive devices such as crutches, walkers or canes. Therapy also incorporates body weight support treadmill training for patients who can benefit. Specalized equipment may also be used for functional electrical stimulation (FES) and robot-assisted walking therapy.

Adjustment Issues. Adjustment and education sessions help both patient and family understand the consequences of spinal cord injury and how roles, relationships and responsibilities are affected. Through adjustment counseling, the team helps both patient and family adapt to these changes and make plans for the future. We also offer sexual counseling and encourage participation in spinal cord injury support groups. 

Respiratory Function. Our respiratory therapists evaluate, treat and care for spinal cord injury patients with breathing problems or other cardiopulmonary disorders. They offer a unique respiratory rehabilitation program to help improve a patient’s overall pulmonary function and provide exercise training to increase breath support and improve quality of life.

Skin Health. To avoid the common threat of skin complications, we implement an individual skin care program for each patient that includes turning and positioning, pressure relief raises, skin checks and teaching patient and family how to prevent pressure ulcers.

Spasticity Management. Our nationally recognized spasticity management program helps patients overcome disabling muscle spasms and stiffness through a variety of advanced treatments. These include Botox injections, intrathecal Baclofen therapy (also known as Baclofen pump, an implantable device that delivers anti-spasmodic medication directly into the spinal fluid).

Assistive Technology / Adaptive Equipment. Our staff provides expert guidance for the selection and customization of wheelchairs, cushions and other mobility devices, environmental control units and adaptive computer equipment. We also can assess home and work sites and recommend modifications and assistive equipment.

Community Reintegration. Since our goal is to return spinal cord injury patients to their home, work, school and community, we develop a comprehensive discharge plan that prepares the patient for life after rehabilitation. To ensure continuity of care, we also provide follow-up services through an extensive network of outpatient medical and therapy clinics, including our outpatient hospital clinic, Methodist Neurological RehabilitationQuest community reintegration program. and our Navigator Program.

Recreation. Through a variety of planned leisure activities, we give patients an opportunity to explore their capabilities in social and community settings. Our therapeutic recreation program also sponsors frequent sports clinics and several sports teams, including quad rugby, wheelchair fencing, softball and power soccer.

What Sets Us Apart?

  • A separate floor with staff and facilities dedicated to the treatment of spinal cord injury.
  • Largest number of Neuro Clinical Specialists employed in one facility in the State of Mississippi.
  • Opportunities to participate in clinical trials and other research through the hospital’s Center for Neuroscience and Neurological Recovery. Patients can take advantage of our nationally recognized spasticity management program.
  • Therapeutic recreation programs and community reintegration activities to take part in after discharge.
  • Priority access to our three handicap accessible apartment complexes and our long-term, residential care facility.
  • Access to specialized services from therapists with Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) and Seating and Mobility Specialist (SMS) certifications that offer evaluations and guidance for the selection of wheelchairs and seating systems, and other assistive technology.
  • Opportunities to be evaluated in the hospital’s Motion Analysis Laboratory, one of only a few in the nation that tests patients who have suffered spinal cord injuries, brain injuries or stroke.
  • Access to body weight-supported treadmill gait training, functional electrical stimulation (FES) and robot-assisted walking therapy. 
  • Staff knowledge of innovative rehab technologies, including electrical stimulation devices that address mobility and swallowing. 
  • Access to lifelong care through an extensive network of outpatient clinics and community services, including Methodist Neurological Rehabilitation, our Quest community reintegration program and our Navigator Program.

Contact Us

Methodist Rehabilitation Center

1350 East Woodrow Wilson Drive

Jackson, MS  39216

601-981-2611 or toll-free 1-800-223-6672

Admissions and Referrals - 601-364-3477 

Spinal Cord Injury Nurse Manager - 601-364-3498