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.
- 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.
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
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.