Every component of your care is a part of the rehabilitation process, from mental health care to spinal surgery and beyond. When most people talk about rehabilitation, though, they mean either physical therapy or doctors certified in rehabilitation medicine.
We’ve compiled a complete list of spinal cord injury rehabilitation facilities here, but read on to find resources for particular physicians in the field.
Physical therapists specialize in helping you regain as much of your functioning as possible. They often partner with other specialists, including massage therapists, exercise therapists, and even sports coaches, to ensure optimal outcomes. Although physical therapists are not doctors, they must meet strict licensing and educational requirements.
Rehabilitation physicians specialize in rehabilitating the body after a catastrophic injury. As you progress through your healing journey, a rehabilitation physician—sometimes called a physical medicine specialist or physiatrist—may serve as your primary point of care coordination. These physicians may also specialize in specific aspects of rehabilitation medicine, such as brain injury, pain management, or hospice care.
Some questions to ask a physical therapist include:
Consider asking the following of a rehabilitation medicine physician:
Spinal cord injuries are traumatic for patients and their families. They cause disruptive changes to every aspect of your life and there is a lot of new information to navigate and understand. Our experts have collected everything in one place to help you learn more about your injury, locate doctors and treatment centers, find financial support, and get assistance navigating your next move.