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Spinal Cord Rehabilitation

The Spinal Cord Injury Program at the Miami Valley Hospital Rehabilitation Institute of Ohio provides comprehensive, advanced rehabilitative care and treatment for people with spinal cord injuries.

Spinal cord injury is damage to the spinal cord that results in a loss of movement or sensation. The ability to walk may be affected, as well as breathing, activities of daily living, sexual function, and bowel or bladder control. Every injury is unique, and so is its treatment.

The Spinal Cord Injury Program

The Spinal Cord Injury Program helps patients optimize their abilities and independence. Our care team of physicians, therapists and other spinal cord injury rehabilitation specialists develop integrated, intensive programs to improve function and mobility, the ability to perform activities of daily living (dressing, bathing and more), and transfers and mobility.

These programs may include adaptive technologies to help patients in their transition back to home, work, and the community. From injury to follow-up care, we offer a complete continuum of rehabilitative care, including education and training to address life-long challenges faced by spinal cord-injured patients. 

Inpatient Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program

The Inpatient Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program at Miami Valley Hospital bridges the gap between a patient’s acute care hospitalization and return to home, or the next level of care. Patients and their caregivers are involved in developing therapeutic goals to address medical, cognitive, physical, and psychosocial limitations, and skill levels.

Our programs also consider unique, cultural needs. Our focus is on maximizing health and level of activity for a safe return to and participation in the community. At discharge, we help connect patients with additional medical treatment, therapy, and community resources. Additional rehabilitative services are available through the Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Program.

Spinal Cord Injury Follow-Up

Spinal cord injury follow-up at Miami Valley Hospital provides life-long follow-up of patients with spinal cord injury, and issues related to their injuries. Patients receive follow-up care, including referrals, from the physiatrist as needed. There is also a phone call from a follow-up service at three months and at one year.


Rehabilitation care may include the following specialized services:

Conditions Treated

The Spinal Cord Injury Program provides care for people with injuries or diagnoses including:

  • Spinal cord injury
  • Traumatic or atraumatic paraplegia (paralysis of the lower half of the body, including both legs)
  • Traumatic or atraumatic paraparesis (weakness of the lower limbs)
  • Traumatic or atraumatic tetraplegia (paralysis of the arms, legs and trunk of body)
  • Traumatic or atraumatic tetraparesis (weakness of arms and legs)
  • Central cord syndrome (weakness of arms greater than legs)
  • Brown Sequard syndrome (weakness of one side of the body)
  • Spinal cord tumors
  • Spinal cord infarcts (stroke in the spinal cord or arteries that supply it)

Facing Challenges

We help patients facing challenges related to their conditions, such as:

  • Activities of daily living
  • Mobility
  • Bowel/bladder functioning
  • Cognition (thinking)
  • Eating/swallowing
  • Prosthetic/orthotic equipment
  • Psychological issues
  • Psychosocial issues
  • Safety issues
  • Inpatient medical management
  • Patient/caregiver education
  • Community education
  • Pre-vocational, vocational and avocational interests


Certified by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)

The inpatient and outpatient services provided by the Rehabilitation Institute of Ohio’s Spinal Cord Injury programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, the most prominent certifying organization for rehab.

Inpatient Spinal Cord Injury Program Admission Criteria

To be referred to the Inpatient Spinal Cord Injury Program, a patient must:

  • Want to increase level of functioning
  • Have potential to achieve medical stability
  • Have the ability to improve function with intensive inpatient rehabilitation

Admission to the Inpatient Spinal Cord Injury Program is determined through evaluation conducted by our rehabilitation coordinator in consultation with a physiatrist (a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation).

Patients admitted to the program demonstrate need for the following:

  • Medical necessity requiring regular physiatric management
  • Rehabilitative nursing intervention 24 hours per day
  • Participate and exhibit progress in at least three hours of therapy daily

Preparing for Spinal Cord Rehabilitation

Premier Health Library

The Premier Health Library offers a wealth of information about spinal cord injury rehabilitation. Learn about conditions, treatments, how to prepare for surgery, and much more.

Content Updated: November 25, 2014

These Miami Valley Hospital locations offer Rehabilitation Services.
Outpatient Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine at Coffman Family YMCA
90 Remick Blvd. Springboro, OH  45066
Rehabilitation at Claybourne Medical Center
1525 E. Stroop Rd. Kettering, OH  45429
Rehabilitation at Miami Valley Health Center Huber Heights
6251 Miami Valley Way Huber Heights, OH  45424
Rehabilitation at Miami Valley Hospital
One Wyoming St. Dayton, OH  45409
Rehabilitation at Miami Valley Hospital North
9000 N. Main St. Englewood, OH  45415
Rehabilitation at Miami Valley Hospital South
2400 Miami Valley Dr. Centerville, OH  45459
Rehabilitation at SureCare Medical Center
360 W. Central Ave. Springboro, OH  45066
Rehabilitation at the Wright Health Building
1222 S. Patterson Blvd. Dayton, OH  45402
Rehabilitation in Beavercreek
1244 Meadow Bridge Dr. Beavercreek, OH  45434
Rehabilitation in Jamestown
4940 Cottonville Rd. Jamestown, OH  45335
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