In addition to our activity-based restorative therapy program and medical clinic, the Center offers a wide range of specialized medical and therapeutic services.
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 therapeutic treatment options, and is specially adapted for patients with paralysis. More about our Aquatic Therapy Program.
Blood Flow Restriction Therapy
The International Center for Spinal Cord Injury is one of the few neurological rehabilitation centers in the country now implementing the Owen’s Personalized Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) protocol as a novel treatment tool for individuals with a spinal cord injury.
BFR uses a pneumatic cuff to restrict blood flow to the arms or legs for short bouts during a therapy session. Muscles exercised under this condition with low resistance build strength and endurance comparable to exercising with heavy weights.
BRF has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and is closely monitored by specially-trained therapists and the personal trainers at the spinal cord injury center. If a patient is determined to be a candidate, he or she will be evaluated to make sure the therapy can be tolerated. Patients are monitored the entire time they are using BRF.
BRF, which has been around for several decades, has been used primarily to help athletes recover faster from injury. It has been well studied in orthopedic populations, but there is still a lot we don’t understand about its impact on patients with neurological deficits. In addition to making it available at the spinal cord injury center, we are planning to study its effectiveness in our patient populations. Initial feedback from a pilot group of patients has been positive, and we are excited to see how this translates to improvements in outcome measures and function.
Bone Density Measurements
We use dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scans to prevent, detect, and treat osteoporosis and other bone health concerns.
Dry Needling (DN)
This skilled intervention stimulates trigger points, muscles, and connective tissues to help manage pain and improve movement impairments.
Nurse Care Management
Rely on our nurse care managers for program information, resources, and general assistance before, during and after your time in our program.
You can meet with a nurse to discuss skin issues, bowel and bladder management.
Using an interdisciplinary approach, our therapists, orthotists, and medical providers work with you and your family to optimize your function through appropriate bracing.
Selecting the appropriate wheelchair and seating system is important, especially if you depend on a wheelchair for mobility. This clinic helps with that process by providing comprehensive evaluations, recommendations, and fittings of wheelchairs and specialized seating systems. More about our Seating Clinic
If you have bladder concerns, a urodynamic study will assess and address bladder performance (available only to adult patients).
Wound Care and Healing
We offer an interdisciplinary approach to wound healing and services including, evaluation and assessment, individualized treatment, consultations, and education. The goal is to improve your health, wellness, and community participation by promoting both skin healing and prevention of skin breakdown.
Our Center offers a wide variety of services and programs to help enrich your day-to-day life and help you achieve your goals.
Social Work and Psychology Services
Adjusting to paralysis or spinal cord injury is a life-long process. When you are first injured or diagnosed, we help you deal with the loss and learn all about the injury. Our Center's social worker and psychologist will help to support you in building a life that is not just focused on the disability. Instead, you will learn how to integrate back into your community and live a meaningful, purposeful life.
Adaptive Sports Program
Adaptive sports and recreational activities can be an important tool in improving your health and quality of life by rebuilding strength, increasing independence, building self-confidence, and just having fun with others. We offer a range of programs including adaptive hand cycling, virtual and adaptive sailing, wheelchair rugby, and wheelchair lacrosse. Through these activities, you can achieve goals you might have thought were impossible. To learn more about the activities and sports offered through the Kennedy Krieger Adaptive Sports Program, visit kennedykrieger.org/adaptive-sports.
Life Through Motion Program
As part of our continuum of care, our wellness program includesgym access, group fitness classes, independent aquatics, personal training and nutrition services. Being active outside of therapy helps you build and improve strength, flexibility, balance, endurance, and cardiovascular health. More about our Life Through Motion Wellness Program.
Peer Mentoring Program
Partnering with the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, this program connects you with supportive peer mentors who understand what it's like to live with paralysis. More about our Peer Mentoring Program.
Regeneration Generation Patient Education
This monthly paralysis patient education group is open to anyone with paralysis, as well as their caregivers and family. Each month features a new topic and exciting speakers. More about our Regeneration Generation Group.
In this interactive group for people with paralysis, you can share your experiences, gain resources, and receive peer support. The group is open to anyone with paralysis, as well as their caregivers and family. More about our Support Group.