Spinal Cord Injury Treatment Options

Spinal cord injury treatment options are increasing as extensive rehabilitation and experimental technologies that help maintain or improve nerve function in some patients have been developed. Researchers are also continuing to work on the development of medicines that may aid in nerve cell regeneration.

While emergency treatments are designed to stabilize patients who have recently suffered spinal cord injuries, the majority of ongoing treatments involve goal-oriented rehabilitation intended to improve a patient’s independence and quality of life. The goal of these treatments is to help patients improve their physical function and mobility, so they can return home. This treatment plan includes developing the skills to perform daily activities, utilizing the latest technology, and overcoming the psychological hurdles for the life ahead.

Whether the damage is considered temporary or permanent, spinal cord injury treatment involves a comprehensive team of experts that often includes:

  • Rehabilitation physicians familiar with the complex needs of spinal cord injury patients
  • Rehabilitation nurses
  • Internal medicine physicians
  • Physical, occupational, and speech therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Case managers

At Tampa General Hospital, our rehabilitation center’s spinal cord injury rehabilitation programs are designed to help patients build strength and gain function and mobility. Our patients and their families benefit from the spinal cord injury treatment expertise provided by our team of physicians and therapists.

As the only spinal cord injury rehab center in West Central Florida accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), we are able to address the specific needs of every patient we treat with a specialized treatment and rehabilitation plan.