About Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation

If you have a spinal cord injury, our team of experts can provide highly specialized care starting the moment you are injured and continuing throughout your life. It is not enough for us to see you survive a spinal cord injury. We want to see you thrive and enjoy your life.

The Orlando Health Advanced Rehabilitation Institute has a long history of helping patients improve their level of function during inpatient and outpatient treatment. We continue to see improvements even years after the initial diagnosis. Our compassionate team will work with you and your family to develop a care plan tailored to your unique needs and rehabilitation goals.

Our team includes physiatrists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech/language pathologists, registered nurses, social workers, nutritionists, wound care specialists, recreational therapists, and neuropsychologists. Our team members, who are often asked to speak at local and national conferences on spinal cord injuries, hold the highest certifications, including board-certified neurologic clinical specialists, assistive technology professionals, and seating and mobility specialists.

Causes and Symptoms

Most spinal cord injuries are caused by traumatic events, with vehicle accidents and falls accounting for more than 70 percent. Other traumatic causes include sports-related injuries and violence, including gunshot wounds. A small percentage of spinal cord injuries are caused by non-traumatic events, including cancer, osteoporosis, arthritis, and spinal tumors.


Spinal cord injuries are divided into two categories – complete or incomplete – based on the amount of damage to the spinal cord. Your rehabilitation team will perform a neurologic assessment that will help determine the type and level of your spinal cord injury.  Individuals with incomplete injuries have some preservation of sensation or strength remaining at the muscles controlled by the lowest portion of the spinal cord while individuals with complete injuries do not.


Symptoms of spinal cord injuries often vary, based on the area that was damaged:

Outcomes Data

The Orlando Health Advanced Rehabilitation Institute outperforms the national average when it comes to helping patients return to the community.

  • Discharged Back to the Community

    86.9% of our patients are discharged back to the community (national average is 82.2%)

  • Specific to Spinal Cord Injury

    We discharge 81.6% of our traumatic spinal cord injury patients back to the community, compared with the national average of 77.7 percent

Commitment to Excellence

The Orlando Health Advanced Rehabilitation Institute has earned national recognition for our inpatient rehabilitation program and treatment of brain injuries, strokes and spinal cord injuries.