Skip Navigation

Spinal Cord Injury Rehab Program

WFBH's Spinal Cord Injury Rehab Program provides specialized, intensive rehabilitation care for patients age 13 and older with spinal cord dysfunction due to trauma or disease resulting in paralysis (loss of strength), loss of sensation (feeling), and control over body functions. The Program offers the expertise of a specialized interdisciplinary care team of rehab professionals who help patients cope with their injuries, relearn basic skills of everyday life, maximize functional independence and reintegrate back into their communities. The Program also provides patient and family training programs to prepare patients and their families for rehab discharge, to help coordinate equipment needs and home modifications, and to provide information on lifetime health and wellness resources. 

Our Team 

The interdisciplinary rehab team includes professionals specializing in:


Occupational Therapy

Recreation Therapy

Rehabilitation Nursing

Physical Therapy

Social Work

Clinical Psychology

Speech Therapy

Vocational Rehab*


Clinical Nutrition

Assistive Technology*

*These services are provided by team members who are not directly employed by WFBH, but who work very collaboratively with the WFBH Rehab Programs.

Our Philosophy 

Our team knows that each patient is unique, with specific needs, capabilities and potential. Therefore, each patient's treatment is completely individualized and modified as recovery progresses. Together, the rehabilitation team, patient and family set appropriate goals and work together to achieve these goals.

Scope of Services 

  • Physicians specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR or physiatry) direct the patient's plan of care on a daily basis
  • Rehabilitation Nursing is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Each patient receives a minimum of 15 hours of therapy each week, including a combination of physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and/or orthotics/prosthetics training. The types and intensity of therapy is tailored to the needs of each patient.
  • Recreation therapy, clinical psychology, neuropsychology, vocational rehabilitation, and assistive technology services are available 5 days a week, and are provided based on the unique needs of each patient.
  • Each patient is assigned a Care Coordinator who acts as a liaison between patient, family/caregiver, rehabilitation professionals, and third party payers
  • WFBH provides all ancillary services including, but not limited to, Diagnostic Imaging, Laboratory, Pharmacy, Spiritual Care, and Respiratory Therapy
  • Consulting physician services for other medical specialities are provided by WFBH, as needed
  • If services not available within the Medical Center are needed, referrals, contracts or consultations are made for these services, which may include, but are not limited to:  orthotics and prosthetics, durable medical equipment, caregiver/family services, substance abuse counseling, rehab engineering, and driver's assessment and education. 
  • Rehabilitation Program staff collaborate with acute hospital and outpatient rehabilitation staff to promote coordinated patient care across the continuum.

Treatment Goals 

The ultimate goal is to return each patient to the highest level of independence possible, and in most cases, to return patients to home.  Specific treatment goals are individualized for each patient and may include: 

  • Maximizing function in:
    • Mobility
    • Activities of daily living
    • Communication and cognition
    • Bowel and bladder management 
  • Addressing sexuality and family issues
  • Disability adjustment and counseling and coping strategies
  • Patient and family education for individualized needs

Quick Reference

Inpatient Rehab


Find a Doctor Ways to Give
Last Updated: 09-13-2016
Wake Forest Baptist Ranked among Nation’s ‘Best Hospitals’  25 Years in a Row by U.S. News & World ReportComprehensive Cancer Centers National Designation is Renewed2017-2018 Best DoctorsNursing Magnet StatusJoint Commission Report

Disclaimer: The information on this website is for general informational purposes only and SHOULD NOT be relied upon as a substitute for sound professional medical advice, evaluation or care from your physician or other qualified health care provider.

© Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC 27157. All Rights Reserved.