Mayo Clinic's approach

  • Experience. Mayo Clinic doctors and staff have helped thousands of people recover from traumatic spinal cord injuries and nontraumatic spinal disorders using many therapies. The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) has accredited the Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
  • Integrated team. Experts in many fields collaborate on Mayo Clinic's spinal cord injury rehabilitation team. The team is led by doctors trained in physical medicine and rehabilitation, bladder management (urologists), bowel surgery (colorectal surgeons), bone and muscle surgery (orthopedic surgeons), and brain and nervous system surgery (neurosurgeons).

    Your treatment team also includes nurses, mental health professionals, physical therapists, occupational and recreational therapists, and other specialists.

  • Individualized treatment. Your team will create a treatment plan tailored to meet your needs and work with you to help you manage your bladder and bowel functions. You and your family are integral parts of the treatment team, and you'll be informed and involved in making decisions and setting goals.
  • Ongoing care. Mayo Clinic doctors trained in physical medicine and rehabilitation and other staff offer a full range of spinal cord injury rehabilitation services.

    Your spinal cord injury rehabilitation team provides inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation and lifelong care.

  • Pediatric expertise. Specialists in Pediatric Rehabilitation care for children with spinal cord injuries at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota.
  • Research. Mayo Clinic researchers study outcomes, rehabilitation options and potential treatments for people with spinal cord injuries and conduct clinical trials.

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

Expertise and rankings

Mayo Clinic doctors and staff have helped thousands of people recover from traumatic spinal cord injuries and nontraumatic spinal disorders using a wide range of therapies.

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, Minn., is ranked among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery, for urology, for orthopedics, 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.

Clinical trials

Explore Mayo Clinic studies testing new treatments, interventions and tests as a means to prevent, detect, treat or manage this disease.

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References
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  3. Bowel control problems (fecal incontinence). National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse. http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/Pubs/fecalincontinence/index.aspx. Accessed Jan. 23, 2018.
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