Mayo Clinic's approach

Your Mayo Clinic care team

Mayo Clinic's spinal cord injury rehabilitation team meets frequently to coordinate your care, education, training and guidance after your spinal cord injury. Your integrated team may include 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 technology

Specialists at Mayo Clinic's Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program use advanced technology in diagnostic tests and treatment interventions for people with spinal cord injuries, including robot-assisted treadmill training, functional electrical stimulation and other therapies.

Pediatric expertise

Pediatric specialists trained in physical medicine and rehabilitation care for children with spinal cord injuries at the Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota. Children needing inpatient treatment receive care at Mayo Eugenio Litta Children's Hospital at Mayo Clinic.

Individualized care

Your team will create an individualized treatment plan to meet your needs. Therapists will work with you to determine if functional electrical stimulation may help meet your needs. The team considers you and your family to be an integral part of the treatment team, and you'll be informed and involved in making decisions and setting treatment goals.

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, including inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation and lifelong care.

Research

Mayo Clinic researchers study outcomes, rehabilitation options and potential treatments for people with spinal cord injuries and conduct clinical trials. When you receive care at Mayo Clinic, you may be eligible for clinical trials on spinal cord injury care.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery and rehabilitation by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals in neurology and neurosurgery.

Expertise and rankings

Decades of experience

A person on an electrical stimulation bicycle

A person during therapy on an electrical stimulation bicycle

Mayo Clinic doctors and staff have helped thousands of people recover from traumatic spinal cord injuries and nontraumatic spinal disorders. Licensed and experienced therapists with knowledge and training in functional electrical stimulation work with you and provide daily interventions, including making timely and appropriate changes in your program as needed to best meet your needs and help you reach your goals.

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.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery and rehabilitation by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals in neurology and neurosurgery.

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.

For more information on visiting Mayo Clinic, choose your location below:

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.

March 01, 2018
References
  1. AskMayoExpert. Functional electrical stimulation. Rochester, Minn.: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research; 2017.
  2. Johnston TE, et al. Cycling with functional electrical stimulation after spinal cord injury: What's in it for me? Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2015;96:1553.
  3. Ho CH, et al. Functional electrical stimulation and spinal cord injury. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America. 2014; 25:631.
  4. Embrey DG, et al. Functional electrical stimulation improves quality of life by reducing intermittent claudication. International Journal of Cardiology. 2017;243:454.
  5. Riggin EA. Allscripts EPSi. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. March 31, 2017.
  6. Provider profile. CARF International. http://www.carf.org/providerProfile.aspx?cid=8020. Accessed Feb. 9, 2018.

Connect with others

News, connections and conversations for your health

Recent posts

Functional electrical stimulation for spinal cord injury