Seating & Mobility Clinic at the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury

Kennedy Krieger Institute • 801 North Broadway • Baltimore, MD 21205

Learn About Our Seating and Mobility Clinic

Achieving independent mobility and being able to access your environment can be difficult following a spinal cord injury or paralysis. The Seating and Mobility Clinic within the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury (ICSCI) at Kennedy Krieger Institute provides comprehensive evaluations and fittings of wheelchairs and specialized seating systems to determine the best equipment to meet your mobility and positioning needs.

Our clinic welcomes both children and adult and is staffed by physical and occupational therapists who are certified Assistive Technology Professionals and Seating and Mobility Specialists. Our therapists have special training in complex seating issues and technology. Our interdisciplinary team brings together the collective expertise of our physicians, physical and occupational therapists, and your chosen vendor.

Choosing the right wheelchair and seating system is an important process, especially if you depend on a wheelchair for mobility. Our therapists provide evaluations for complex or custom medical equipment, including:

  • Custom manual wheelchairs
  • Custom power wheelchairs
  • Wheelchair seating components, such as specialized backs, pressure-relieving cushions, and headrests
  • Adaptive strollers

Customized seating can improve:

  • Independence with mobility
  • Balance
  • Independence in daily living activities
  • Posture and control of head, trunk, and extremities
  • Environmental access in the home and community
  • Skin integrity protection
  • Organ function
  • Comfort
  • Upper extremity joint protection
  • Safety

The Seating and Mobility Clinic at ICSCI may be helpful if you have any of the following:

  • Significant leg weakness that makes walking difficult
  • Significant arm weakness or pain that makes it difficult for you to move your chair
  • Balance issues that make walking unsafe
  • A poorly fitting wheelchair
  • Pain or discomfort when sitting in your wheelchair
  • A history of skin breakdown or current breakdown related to your wheelchair
  • Difficulty using your current wheelchair in your home or community
  • Poor endurance or fatigue when walking or using your current chair
  • A significant change in your medical or physical condition that has made mobility difficult

Contact Us

A referral is required for assessment in the Seating and Mobility Clinic. Patients can request a referral by consulting their primary care physicians or a specialist. Medical insurance often covers this type of treatment.

For more information or to make an appointment, call (443) 923-7959.

Primary Diagnoses Served

  • Traumatic spinal cord injury
  • Transverse myelitis
  • Spina bifida
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Spinal tumors
  • Other musculoskeletal diagnoses

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