spinal cord injury

Caring for the Whole Patient

Caring for the Whole PatientA young man has an accident and suffers a spinal cord injury. After he is stabilized at an acute-care hospital, he spends time in inpatient rehabilitation and then is discharged to outpatient rehabilitation care. He has a long life ahead of him with new and sometimes terrifying challenges.

Long-Term Acute Care: What to Expect

Long Term Acute CareLong-term acute care (LTCH) hospitals provide medical and rehabilitative care for longer periods to people with complex problems. A typical stay is 25 days. Acute and chronic conditions that may require long-term care include:

A Win for Medicare Beneficiaries: Maintenance Therapy Cannot Be Denied

Physical TherapyIt’s not a secret that skilled therapy, under the guidance of a licensed therapist, is helpful to maintain function, increase strength and prevent regression/deterioration. Yet for decades, Medicare beneficiaries have been denied care based upon their condition being deemed “unlikely to improve.”

Ekso Provides Hope and Healing after Spinal Cord Injury

Kevin Oldt in EksoOn January 17, 2002, I suffered a snowmobiling accident that turned my world upside down.

I will never forget being told that, as a result of the T-12 spinal injury, I may never walk again. It took years to come to terms with life in a wheelchair.

SPRINT to Independence

 
We all know someone who has suffered a stroke, broken bone, joint replacement, spinal cord injury, multiple trauma or brain injury. Medically necessary inpatient rehabilitation probably was part of the recovery process after your relative, friend or neighbor was stabilized at an acute-care hospital.
 

eLEGS Another Example of the Raker Legacy of Innovation

elegs exoskeletonThe legacy of the Raker family, who founded Good Shepherd more than 100 years ago, is a legacy of innovation, and examples of this organization’s innovative spirit can be found throughout our storied history.

Bowel Movements and Spinal Cord Injury

For people in wheelchairs, including those individuals who have had spinal cord injuries, private body functions, such as bowel movements, can become an issue. This is because the injury prevents muscles and nerves from working together properly.