Specialized Programs

•  Aquatic Therapy Program: Staffed by therapists who are certified in advanced aquatic techniques, this program features two state-of-the-art pools that provide a range of warm-water temperatures and therapeutic treatment options, and is appropriate patients with a spinal cord injury. Aquatherapy helps patients to more quickly achieve their therapeutic goals. Benefits of aquatic therapy include increased independence, increased range of motion, increased strength and endurance, decreased swelling and decreased tone.

• Dry Needling (DN): This fee-for-service program is a skilled intervention that uses a thin [sterile] filiform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, muscular, and connective tissues for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments.

•  Seating Clinic: This clinic within the center provides comprehensive evaluations, recommendations, and fittings of wheelchairs and specialized seating systems, including pressure mapping to determine the best equipment to meet the patient’s mobility and positioning needs. Selection of the appropriate wheelchair and seating system is an important process, especially when an individual depends on a wheelchair for mobility.

•  Orthotics Services: This program provides an interdisciplinary approach to bracing through comprehensive examinations, assessments, and analysis to make recommendation that will best meet each patient’s needs. In collaboration with patients and their families, therapists, orthotists, and the medical team work to optimize each patient’s function through appropriate bracing.

•  Life Through Motion Wellness Program: Furthering our continuum of care, the center offers a wellness program with personal training options and nutrition services. Designed to augment therapy, the wellness program provides opportunities for consistent physical activity outside of therapy to help build and improve strength, flexibility, balance, endurance, and cardiovascular health.

•  Adaptive Sports Program: Our commitment to lifelong health extends beyond the hospital walls. The benefits of sport and recreational activities for individuals with disabilities are well recognized from both a health and quality of life perspective. These benefits include rebuilding strength, increasing independence, building self-confidence, and increasing socialization. We offer a range of programs that are both competitive and recreational, including adaptive hand cycling, virtual and adaptive sailing, wheelchair rugby, and wheelchair lacrosse. Through these activities, we hope to help patients achieve goals many thought were impossible. To learn more about the activities and sports offered through the Kennedy Krieger Adaptive Sports Program, visit kennedykrieger.org/adaptive-sports.

•  Patient Resource Groups: Regeneration Generation Patient Education series, a monthly Support Group, and a Peer Mentoring Program for patients and caregivers and family members

•  Bone density measurements by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scans to prevent, detect, and treat osteoporosis

•  Urodynamics studies to assess and address bladder performance (available only to adult patients)

•  Nurse consultation regarding skin issues and bowel and bladder management

•  Nurse case management for information and general assistance

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