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Spinal Cord Medicine Program

The Spinal Cord Medicine Program at UofL Health - Frazier Rehab Institute provides innovative, world-class treatment to those affected with spinal cord impairments resulting from trauma, disease or congenital abnormalities. Within the same facility in downtown Louisville, Frazier Rehab houses the following programs available to individuals with spinal cord injury:

  • Inpatient Program (Acute Rehab)
  • Outpatient Spinal Cord Medicine Program
  • Assistive Technology Resource Center (ATRC)
  • Neuroscience Collaborative Center and Research Opportunities
  • Community Fitness & Wellness Program

Frazier Rehab Institute’s Spinal Cord Medicine Program is one of the nation’s leading rehabilitation programs providing comprehensive treatment utilizing state-of-the-art technologies designed to maximize functional recovery and independence. Our transdisciplinary approach bridges levels of care that empower patients, the workforce, and the community to prevent complications experienced by people living with spinal cord injury.

Scope of Spinal Cord Injury Services

Spinal Cord Medicine Support Group

Diagnoses treated in our Spinal Cord Medicine Program include, but are not limited to:

  • Traumatic & Non-Traumatic Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Spina Bifida
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Guillain-Barre
  • ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
  • Polio/ Post Polio Syndrome

Spinal Cord Medicine Patients in 2020:

Outpatient Rehab:

  • Total number of patients treated - 193
  • Average number of total therapy sessions (Physical, Occupational, Speech) - 68.8
  • Patient Satisfaction (scale of 1:5 - 5 = excellent) - 4.82

Inpatient Rehab:

  • Total number of patients treated - 218
    • Traumatic patients - 47.60%
    • Non-traumatic patients - 52.40%
  • Onset from acute - 15.5 days  (Frazier Rehab inpatient admission from the initial date of hospitalization. On average, Frazier Rehab's Spinal Cord Medicine program receives patients 3.5 days faster than the national average of 18.82 days.) 
  • Patient Satisfaction (scale of 1:5 - 5 = excellent) - 4.65
  • Patients with discharge to home - 78.90%

Spinal Cord Medicine Program Features and Partnerships:

  • Specialty Spinal Cord Accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehab Facilities (CARF)
  • Spinal Cord Medicine Board Certified Physicians
  • Innovative Spinal Cord Medicine inpatient and outpatient therapy services, including:
    • Activity-Based Therapy
      • Locomotor Training (LT)
      • Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES)
    • Aquatic Therapy
    • Adaptive Sports
  • Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation's NeuroRecovery Network (NRN)
  • Pediatric & Adult NeuroRecovery Programs
  • Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center (KSCIRC)
  • Michael Brent Resource Center, supported by Friends For Michael, Inc.

For more information, call 502-582-7415. Physicians can fax a referral to 502-582-7488.