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Pediatric spinal cord injury rehabilitation helping patients make strides towards their goals

Meeting the needs of all children, adolescents, and young adults as they progress through spinal cord injury recovery. Pediatric spinal cord injuries can change a child and his or her family’s life in an instant. After surviving a traumatic event, parents and children are often left wondering what’s next.

The road to recovery starts with comprehensive rehabilitation. Nexus Children’s Hospital’s RISE Program offers a range of rehabilitative treatments designed to help children reach their goals. With a dedicated interdisciplinary team and over 30 years of experience guiding patients through neurological injury rehabilitation, we’re equipped with the knowledge and expertise needed for mending minds.

RISE Spinal Cord Injury Program components

Our program incorporates multiple elements working together to help children progress through their spinal cord injury recovery. Treatment plans and goals are adjusted depending on the patient’s level of spinal cord injury and medical conditions.

Medical Care Management

  • Prevent secondary infections
  • Manage spasticity
  • Address secondary health conditions
  • Manage bowel/bladder challenges
  • Monitor and manage blood pressure
  • Manage wound care management and provide skin care education
  • Manage spinal cord complications (autonomic dysreflexia, sexual dysfunction)
  • Manage pain
  • Manage medication for mood concerns (with referral to psychiatry for complex needs)

Neuropsychological/Psychological Needs Management

  • Provide cognitive functioning screening or comprehensive evaluation conducted by pediatric neuropsychologist
  • Provide school entry recommendations to enhance developmental potential
  • Provide psychotherapy to address adjustment to new diagnosis

Nursing Team Management

  • Follow physician-led plan of care to prevent contractures, administer medications, and promote out-of-bed activity
  • Apply orthotics/braces to prevent contractures
  • Assist with bowel and bladder management function and monitor patient compliance
  • Initiate fall prevention measures
  • Monitor and manage blood pressure
  • Conduct skin assessments and apply appropriate positioning to avoid skin breakdown and manage wounds
  • Monitor for medical complications (urinary tract infections, pressure ulcers, autonomic dysreflexia)
  • Promote carryover of rehabilitation recommendations for mobility and activities of daily living

Pediatric spinal cord injury diagnosis criteria

Our program is designed for any patient who has experienced a spinal cord injury due to accident or health condition, including high-level cervical patients and those in disorders of consciousness who may not meet acute rehabilitation criteria*. Additionally, we accept patients with:

  • Tracheostomies/Ventilators
  • Traumatic and acquired brain injuries
  • Complicated wounds
  • Medically complex needs (i.e., neurostorming)

*Although our programs can provide an acute inpatient rehabilitation level of care (15 hours/week), patients do not have to be ready to participate in three hours of therapy a day at the time of their admission to qualify for programming.

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