International Center for Spinal Cord Injury

Our Facilities & Technologies

The International Center for Spinal Cord Injury employs highly skilled physical and occupational therapists and support staff that specializes in the treatment of individuals with spinal cord injuries and related disorders utilizing activity based restorative therapies (ABRT). The treatment of pediatric inpatient and adult and pediatric outpatient populations occur in a state of the art center equipped with multiple technologically advanced rehabilitative instruments designed to facilitate optimal delivery of the most appropriate rehabilitative interventions.

Our Approach

In spinal cord injury, the connection between the brain and body is lost — the brain can no longer tell the body to move, and the neural cells no longer have the patterned activity they need to grow and differentiate. Activity Based Restorative Therapies (ABRT), under the direction of physicians and therapists, help patients with spinal cord injuries perform activities that prompt remaining cells to “remember” how to move while encouraging the growth of new nervous system cells.

Our Program

Our program is built on the philosophy that with the right combination of therapies, recovery is always possible -- even many months or years after an injury. Our medically-supervised therapy program follows techniques that have shown great promise in helping individuals with chronic spinal cord injuries recover sensation, movement, and independence, as well as achieve improved health and quality of life. While our therapists and physicians work with patients to help them reach their potential for recovery, our scientists work to find a cure.

International Center for Spinal Cord Injury

Research. Restoration. Recovery.

Founded in 2005, the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury (ICSCI) represents something remarkable in the field of paralysis treatment: hope.

For many years, experts held that most improvements from spinal cord injuries (SCI) occurred in the first six months of recovery, and that improvement was impossible after two years. “Rehabilitation” focused mostly on teaching patients how to compensate for injuries they thought to be irreversible. The experts were wrong.

Related Materials and Information

Ya' Gotta Regatta

Sep 24 2011 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

Please join the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury for Ya' Gotta Regatta, an annual fun day of racing, on Saturday, September 24, 2011. This event will be held at the Downtown Sailing Center at the Museum of Industry. Activities will begin at 9:00 a.m.

Van Brooks' Success Story

On High Schools: Milton Kent / Sun Columnist

Full article as published in the Baltimore Sun on 9/25/05

Loyola High's Brooks makes progress one year after suffering a spinal cord injury

For some, purging the memory of something as traumatic as being paralyzed making a tackle might be first on a to-do list, but every detail of that warm fall day is burnished on Brooks' mind.

Patrick Rummerfield's Success Story

Patrick RummerfieldPatrick Rummerfield lives a life that can only be deemed miraculous. A 1974 car accident left Pat with little hope of survival. Today, this triathlete, race car driver and motivational speaker spends each day ensuring that he makes the most of his body’s renewed power.

Santa Marie Wallace's Story

Santa Marie WallaceIn 1986, after an evening of celebrating her birthday at a nightclub with friends, Santa Marie Wallace was hit by a drunk driver while walking across the street. This devastating, life-altering accident left her a quadriplegic.

Working 2 Walk

Oct 16 2011 - 7:00am - Oct 18 2011 - 7:00pm

Working 2 WalkJoin ICSCI at the Working 2 Walk event. This event provides participants with the opportunity to:

On Her Own Two Legs

July 8, 2011
When an uncanny twist of circumstances left Morgan Dunnigan paralyzed, doctors predicted her condition was permanent. With Kennedy Krieger’s help she proved them wrong.

Morgan DunniganLaying in a hospital bed on a Sunday night, Morgan Dunnigan believed her parents and physician when they said she would wake up the next morning for a surgery that promised to make the pain in her neck disappear, make the tumor hurting her spine go away, make everything better.

They couldn’t have been more wrong.

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