Mayo Clinic's approach

  • Teamwork. 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, surgeons, mental health professionals, nurses, physical therapists, occupational and recreational therapists, and other specialists.
  • Subspecialty board-certified doctors. These doctors are specifically trained in care for people with spinal cord injuries.
  • Individualized care. Your team will create an individualized treatment plan to 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.
  • Advanced technology. Many therapy tools may be used in upper extremity nerve re-education, including 3-D computer technology that compensates for gravity, to promote your nerve and muscle (neuromuscular) control while simulating daily life skills. Staff also may use functional electrical stimulation to help improve your movement in your arms, wrists and hands.
  • Specialized support devices. Therapists also may use a combination of other tools to help improve your upper extremity weakness, including specialty splints and orthoses, mobile arm supports, gravity-assisting devices, and customized adaptations. These tools may help you change your approach to daily life skills.
  • Research. Mayo Clinic researchers study outcomes, rehabilitation options and potential treatments for people with spinal cord injuries. 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 for rehabilitation by U.S. News & World Report.

The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care like they've never experienced. See the stories of satisfied Mayo Clinic patients.

  1. Right-Handed Once More, Thanks to Unique Orthopedic Surgery

    Craig Cretsinger had accepted the fact that he'd never be able to use his right hand ? until he learned about a specialized hand surgery at Mayo Clinic. For 45 years, Craig Cretsinger lived without the use of his right hand. It was the result of a spinal cord injury he'd suffered decades earlier. The [...]

Expertise and rankings

  • Experience. 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. The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) has accredited the Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Facilities at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota.
  • Ongoing treatment and specialized care. Mayo Clinic doctors and staff trained in physical medicine and rehabilitation 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 specialists trained in physical medicine and rehabilitation care for children with spinal cord injuries at Mayo Clinic's Minnesota campus.

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

Read more about diagnosis and treatment of spinal cord injury.

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.

April 10, 2018
References
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  2. AskMayoExpert. Functional electrical stimulation. Rochester, Minn.: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research; 2017.
  3. Spinal cord injury: Hope through research. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/All-Disorders/Spinal-Cord-Injury-Information-Page. Accessed Feb. 12, 2018.
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