Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal Cord Injury Program


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Discover how Gaylord's setting provides a restorative, healing environment for our patients and their families. For details and videos about specific programs see the individual program pages.

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Leaders in Spinal Cord Rehab

Gaylord is CARF  (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) accredited for all inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs and has specialty accreditation for our spinal cord, stroke, and brain injury programs. Gaylord is one of two long-term acute care hospitals in the world, and the only of its kind in the U.S., with our unique level of CARF accreditation. We are a partner site of the Spaulding New England Spinal Cord Injury Center - one of 14 Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Model Systems in the U.S., which means we work with other leading programs to improve spinal injury care and outcomes.

Many experts consider Gaylord to have the region's top Spinal Cord Injury Rehab Program. Behind our qualifications stands a team of compassionate experts who engage each patient's body, mind, and spirit to place optimal recovery within reach.

Inpatient SCI Care

As a national leader in spinal cord injury rehab, Gaylord’s inpatient program combines research, technology, and human talent to create the most independent life possible for each patient. A team of specialists creates a plan based on specific goals and sets in motion the therapies that will achieve them. Patient and family education, continuity of care, and community reentry add support and strength to recovery.

Outpatient SCI Care

The outpatient Spinal Cord Injury Care at Gaylord use a variety of rehabilitation techniques to maximize independence and community reintegration. Our staff works directly with patients and their families to adapt to the challenges of recovering from a Spinal Cord Injury and to keep moving forward toward independence.

Physical Therapy for SCI

Our Physical Therapists assist in a comprehensive program to reduce pain and return to previous levels of function including work, school and sports.

Mike's Story

Mike Shadday's spinal stroke is rare and it's even rarer in someone in their 20s. With only a little movement in the toes and ankle of one foot, Mike didn't know if he would ever walk again. He has made tremendous progress through his rehab as an inpatient at Gaylord.

Tyler's Spinal Cord Injury

Tyler tells his story of recovery at Gaylord and learning to walk again after a falling 25 feet from a tree. Tyler suffered a burst fracture to his T12 vertebra when his back landed on a rock. He and was told might he had a 50-50 chance of walking again and if he was able to walk it might not be for one to two years. Instead, just three months after his accident he took unassisted steps. Tyler walked out of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, to return to his home and young family, using only a walker.

Jillian's Spinal Cord Injury

Jillian was on vacation in Mexico when her accident occurred, leaving her with a T4 spinal cord injury and no feeling from the waist down. When Jillian came to Gaylord she worked with her team to create her goals. Eventually, using the Ekso exoskeleton at Gaylord, she was able to walk. 

Technology at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare

Gaylord offers a range of advanced technologies and patient services, all based on the latest research and best practices. 


Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities

Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities

The Joint Commission

The Joint Commission

Spaulding Model Center

Spinal Cord Injury Model Center

Passy-Muir Speaking Valve Center of Excellence

Passy-Muir Speaking Valve Center of Excellence

American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Vapotherm Center of Excellence

Vapotherm Center of Excellence

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