Regardless of whether your spinal cord injury resulted from traumatic or non-traumatic means, at TIRR Memorial Hermann, the rehabilitation process remains relatively the same. We focus on providing both adaptive and neuro-recovery rehabilitation strategies to help you heal physically and emotionally.
- Adaptive rehab teaches patients how to take care of their bodies given their current state of paralysis. The idea is to keep their bodies as healthy as possible while their spinal cord and nerves recover. We also show patients that they can still have a good quality of life even with spinal cord and nerve damage.
- Neuro-recovery rehab is the process of actively encouraging the spinal cord to create new pathways to restore as much movement as possible to muscles affected by spinal cord injury. This treatment may include everything from electrical stimulation to the use of robotic exoskeletons during therapies. Through stimulating the nervous system to generate new neurological pathways for movement, we have seen encouraging results in the progress of our patients.
- Prevent secondary complications after spinal cord injury
Inpatient Rehabilitation is available for the patient needing intensive medical follow up and nursing care. The Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program at TIRR Memorial Hermann maximizes outcomes by providing:
- Comprehensive interdisciplinary care from a team of dedicated physicians, therapists, nurses, case managers and social workers, chaplaincy and neuropsychologists
- Patient rooms, nursing care units and gym space specifically designed and equipped to meet the unique needs of patients with spinal cord injuries
- Specialized medical management, nursing and therapy in a hospital setting
- Both individual therapy and group treatment, including weekend therapy sessions
- Community outings to address each patient’s functional abilities
- In-house urology consultations and urodynamics studies
- Spasticity management (including nerve blocks and Baclofen® pumps)
- Male fertility clinic
- OB-GYN services
- Education classes for families and patients
- Physical, occupational, speech, music and recreational therapy
- Individual and group therapy
- Wheelchair seating and durable medical equipment services
We also offer a robust peer support network for patients with spinal cord injuries called TIRR Peers. These former patients have also gone through the same struggles with rehabilitation and are now living their lives. They are able to connect with our current patients on a deeper emotional level to help them start a new life filled with possibilities.
Recovery from spinal cord injury does not end when you are transitioned from the inpatient program, it continues long after you return home.
The Outpatient Rehabilitation programs allow patients and their families to transition from the hospital setting to home while continuing to receive intense therapy services (physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language pathology). Counseling, education and individualized training also prepare families and caregivers for each patient’s transition.
Outpatient Medical Clinic
TIRR provides a physician follow-up and procedural clinics for patients prior and post discharge from TIRR. These clinics include physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) follow-up clinics, spasticity management, medication management, primary care, urology clinics and procedures and gynecology clinics and procedures.
Strength Unlimited is a community-based wellness program for children and adults. The program offers advanced equipment, personal training, group fitness classes, aquatic therapy, support groups and special exercise programs for many different individuals, including those with spinal cord injuries.
Strength Unlimited goes beyond standard clinics offering only physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language pathology. We consider wellness a journey that never stops. Our fitness trainers serve as wellness coaches for individuals with disabilities. They have specialty certifications and training to offer a holistic approach and connect patients with the right resources if needed. The program is open to the community, offering patients continued help in achieving their mobility goals and the opportunity to stay active in hobbies and sports.