Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injury and disease affects an individual’s ability to function independently in all areas of daily living.
Each year, about 11,000 people sustain spinal cord injuries that change their lives forever. Walking, eating, talking — things that were once second nature — may require great effort or even seem impossible.
At the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute, our team of experienced spinal cord injury and disease specialists can help you regain your independence.
Our Continuum of Care
We understand that a spinal cord injury is an “across the lifetime” disability. That’s why we offer a seamless continuum of care for months — even years — after your initial discharge from inpatient rehabilitation.
UPMC offers one of the country’s largest and most comprehensive rehabilitation networks, with more than 70 rehab facilities providing inpatient, outpatient, and long-term services. Our network ensures that you receive the right level of care at the right time.
Cutting-Edge Research and Treatments for Spinal Cord Injuries
Because we're a nationally designated center of excellence in spinal cord care, we are a test site for the latest treatments.
As a result, we're often involved in research studies relating to:
- Cutting-edge drugs that minimize the impact of trauma to the spine
- Interventions meant to improve and repair connections in a damaged spinal cord
Learn more about inpatient spinal cord injury treatment and rehab at UPMC.