Jefferson University Hospitals

Spinal Cord Injury

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Early intervention and appropriate treatment are critical in the event of an acute spinal cord injury; they may determine whether a person will walk again. 

From emergency surgery to rehabilitation to a lifetime of follow-up care, Jefferson Health represents the best in care for spinal cord injuries.

We treat about 1,000 patients with spinal cord injuries every year, many requiring complex and delicate surgeries. Our reputation for excellence means that many patients are transferred here from other medical facilities.

Recognized as One of the Nation's 14 Model Spinal Cord Injury Centers

The Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center of the Delaware Valley is designated as one of the nation's 14 Model Spinal Cord Injury Centers by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), and the only one in the Delaware Valley. Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Magee Rehabilitation Hospital are also one of the seven designated rehabilitation centers of the Christopher Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network (NRN).

The Centers provide Locomotor Training (LT) in which therapists simulate walking for paralyzed patients in an effort to awaken dormant nerve cells.

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is also the first hospital in Pennsylvania to offer the NeuRx DPS™, an implantable FDA-approved device that helps individuals with certain types of spinal cord injuries breathe on their own again.

Advanced Evaluation & Surgery for Spinal Cord Injury

When a spinal trauma patient is admitted to our Level I Trauma Center, our Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) team immediately directs time-dependent efforts to stabilize and reverse any neurologic injuries.

Once the patient is admitted to Jefferson's Neurosurgery Intensive Care Unit, the multidisciplinary medical team uses advanced evaluation and diagnostics to identify the location and extent of the damage and determine the best treatment protocol. Complex spinal surgical procedures may be performed to realign a "broken" spine and provide the spinal cord with the optimal environment to regenerate.

Make an Appointment

Call 1-800-JEFF-NOW (1-800-533-3669) to make an appointment with a spinal cord specialist at Jefferson Health.