Mayo Clinic's approach

Your Mayo Clinic care team

Mayo Clinic's spinal cord injury team is led by doctors trained in brain and nervous system disorders (neurologists), brain and nervous system surgery (neurosurgeons), nerve and muscle physiology and rehabilitation (physiatrists), bone and muscle surgery (orthopedic surgeons), and Mayo's many other specialists as your situation demands.

Advanced diagnosis and treatment

Specialists at Mayo Clinic's Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program provide a wide range of therapies to treat spinal cord injury, including minimally invasive diaphragm pacing surgery.

Pediatric expertise

Specialists in the Pediatric Rehabilitation program care for children with spinal cord injuries at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota. Children needing inpatient treatment receive care at Mayo Eugenio Litta Children's Hospital at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

Individualized care

Your doctors will create an individualized treatment plan to meet your needs. They will work with you to determine if diaphragm pacing may be right for you. You and your family are considered an integral part of the treatment team involved in making decisions, setting treatment goals and planning your discharge arrangements.

Lifelong follow-up care

Mayo Clinic doctors trained in physical medicine and rehabilitation and other staff offer a full range of spinal cord injury rehabilitation services for you, from intensive hospital care to continued care throughout your lifetime. Your spinal cord injury rehabilitation team provides inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation and lifelong care.


Mayo Clinic researchers study outcomes, rehabilitation options and potential treatments for people with spinal cord injuries and conduct clinical trials.

Expertise and rankings

Decades of experience

For nearly 70 years, Mayo Clinic doctors and staff have helped many people recover from traumatic spinal cord injuries and nontraumatic spinal disorders using a wide range of therapies, including diaphragm pacing and many others.

Nationally recognized expertise

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) has accredited the Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota. Specialists at Mayo Clinic's Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program have experience treating people of all ages with spinal cord injuries of all levels and severity.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, is ranked among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery and for rehabilitation by U.S. News & World Report.

Learn more about Mayo Clinic's neurology and neurosurgery departments' expertise and rankings.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

Learn more about appointments at Mayo Clinic.

Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.

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May 12, 2022
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