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). These experts, along with Mayo’s many other specialists, provide care as you need it.

Advanced diagnosis and treatment

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. Therapists may incorporate physical therapy, occupational therapy, recreational therapy and nursing into your treatment plan when appropriate.

Pediatric expertise

Specialists in the Mayo Clinic 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, Minnesota.

Individualized care

Your doctors will work with you to determine if locomotor training 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. Your individualized plan of care will integrate activity-based therapies of locomotor training into your home and community settings, including your daily living activities, transfers and overall mobility.

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.

Expertise and rankings

Decades of experience

For more than 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 locomotor training 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.

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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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