Nationally renowned, comprehensive care for spinal cord injury and illness (SCI)

The MedStar Health offers comprehensive inpatient, day treatment, and outpatient care components—offering top quality services from onset of illness or injury through a successful transition to home, community, and employment.

We offer the most advanced rehabilitation medicine and technology available anywhere—and have robust research that every day contributes to our knowledge about spinal cord injury and illness.

Today, people with spinal cord injuries most often lead fulfilling lives and resume active roles in their families and communities, and careers. At MedStar Health, we focus on the whole person, helping patients meet the challenges they face physically, medically, and socially, allowing them to reach the highest level of health and independence possible.

Patients in our Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program benefit from our role as a teaching facility and access to clinical trials of new rehab interventions. In addition, our Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation program is accredited by the Joint Commission and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)—which means it meets and exceeds the highest standards of care.

Spinal cord rehabilitation

In the past, spinal cord injury often meant a life spent immobilized with little chance for interaction or participation in the outside world. Fortunately, recent advancements in medical and rehabilitation technology have allowed persons with spinal cord injuries to lead fulfilling lives and resume active roles in their families and communities, and, in some cases, their careers.

At MedStar Health, a highly skilled group of professionals plans each patient’s care under the direction of a rehabilitation physician (physiatrist) from MedStar Health. Therapies are specifically designed to help each patient regain control over their personal care, improve functional skills, and increase his/her level of independence.

Care is coordinated by a case manager who helps the patient and their family understand the recovery process and consider the options as the patient progresses from inpatient care to home health care, outpatient rehabilitation, and/or community services.

Why choose MedStar Health’s Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program

Our spinal cord injury and disease patients benefit from a highly comprehensive continuum of care fostered by the hospital’s partnership with acute care hospitals and community resources throughout the region.

For more than 30 years, MedStar Health’s program has emphasized continuity of care by providing inpatient, outpatient, and day rehabilitation to our spinal cord injury patients.

Care is provided by a multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, and therapists who have specialized skills and certifications in spinal cord rehabilitation.

Patients benefit from the hospital’s role as a teaching facility with resident training in rehabilitation medicine, as well as internships in nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, recreation therapy, and speech-language pathology.

Our staff is actively involved in spinal cord injury research and MedStar Health is home to the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on secondary conditions in SCI, which is focused on ways to improve the health and lives of people living with SCI.

The team works hand-in-hand with patients and families on improving the quality of their lives, preventing secondary conditions, and enhancing their ability to participate in meaningful activities.

Individualized treatment plans are developed to facilitate patients’ maximum function, wellness, and community reintegration.

Patients benefit from the latest technology and sophisticated therapeutic equipment is integral to the rehabilitation process.

Community outings help patients learn how to navigate and participate in the community.

Patients have access to a full-range of specialized services, including education for wheelchair use, driver training, employment and educational counseling, and at-home and worksite evaluations.

Our program puts a strong emphasis in adaptable fitness to enhance function after patients’ transition into the community—and to promote long-term health.

Our Male Fertility Clinic—one of the first of its kind in the U.S.—offers help to our male patients who wish to conceive children.


  • MedStar Health’s spinal cord injury system of care is internationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), which promotes the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services.

Program goals

Our clinical staff work together as an interdisciplinary team to design a unique rehabilitation program for each patient. The team helps patients attain their highest level of functioning and independence. Core goals of rehabilitation include:

  • Involving the patient and his/her family in the development of realistic rehabilitation goals and participating in discharge planning
  • Increasing the patient’s overall strength, endurance, flexibility, and range of motion
  • Instructing the patient and his/her family in proper skin care techniques, as well as building the patient’s tolerance for sitting and lying
  • Assisting ventilator patients with breathing and speech techniques to maximize their independence
  • Determining adaptive equipment needs and custom fitting braces, orthotics, and wheelchairs
  • Helping patients and their loved ones to adjust to the disability and learn to cope with the physical limitations that accompany spinal cord injuries
  • Coordinating additional therapies and community resources, as needed

Our providers

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Urinary symptoms questionnaires

  • Urinary Symptom Questionnaire for Neurogenic Bladder - Intermittent Catheterization

    Who is the Urinary Symptom Questionnaire for Neurogenic Bladder - Intermittent Catheterization (USQNB-IC) for?

    The USQNB-IC was developed for individuals with neurogenic bladder due to Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), Spina Bifida (SB), or Multiple Sclerosis(MS) using intermittent catheterization.

    Click below to view the USQNB-IC.

  • Urinary Symptom Questionnaire for Neurogenic Bladder - Indwelling Catheterization

    Who is the Urinary Symptom Questionnaire for Neurogenic Bladder - Indwelling Catheterization (USQNB-IDC) for?

    The USQNB-IDC was developed for individuals with neurogenic bladder due to Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) using Indwelling catheterization.

    Click below to view the USQNB-IDC.

  • Urinary Symptom Questionnaire for Neurogenic Bladder – Voiding

    Who is the Urinary Symptom Questionnaire for Neurogenic Bladder - Voiding (USQNB-V) for?

    The USQNB-V was developed for individuals with neurogenic bladder due to Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) or Multiple Sclerosis (MS) but voids all or most of the time without the use of a catheter.

    Click below to view the USQNB-V.

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