Inpatient care

By Mayo Clinic Staff
A patient exercises paralyzed leg muscles with a functional electrical stimulation bike. Therapy on an electrical stimulation bike.

At Mayo Clinic, your spinal cord injury rehabilitation begins in the intensive care unit of the hospital after your condition has stabilized. Your treatment team understands that you and your family may experience many emotions, such as confusion and anxiety, after your spinal cord injury. Spinal cord injury specialists usually meet with you and your family in the hospital shortly after your injury has been identified to educate you, provide emotional support and begin your rehabilitation.

Inpatient rehabilitation unit

Mayo Clinic's comprehensive state-of-the-art spinal cord injury inpatient rehabilitation unit is located at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus, one of Mayo Clinic's hospitals in Rochester, Minn. Patient rooms are designed to provide you and your family with a comfortable environment.

Before you're admitted into the unit, doctors and other staff will evaluate your status and ability to participate in intensive therapy sessions. Doctors and other staff will work with you and your family to determine specific rehabilitation goals.

The type and amount of therapy you'll receive is based on your individual needs, goals and treatment plan. You'll participate in therapy for a minimum of three hours daily, five days a week. Therapy services are available Monday through Sunday. Rehabilitation nursing is available 24 hours a day.

Your rehabilitation team meets with you two times a week to review your treatment plan, your rehabilitation goals and your dismissal plan. A key goal of inpatient rehabilitation is to return you to your home or to another type of independent living setting. You may need ongoing rehabilitation in the outpatient rehabilitation program after being dismissed from the inpatient rehabilitation unit. Read about outcomes in the inpatient rehabilitation program.

Patient and family discussion group

The rehabilitation unit offers a weekly rehabilitation discussion group to provide you and your family members the opportunity to discuss topics including disability challenges, stress management, disability social skills and community integration.

The unit also offers a weekly family discussion group to provide a time for your family members and caregivers to offer support and encouragement to one another. Group facilitators are available to address issues such as caregiver stress, coping strategies, discharge planning issues, community resources, financial concerns, grief and loss, legal issues, and future planning.

The inpatient rehabilitation unit offers a wide range of specialty services, including: