Recovering from a spinal cord injury — whether the result of a traumatic event or continued healing after spinal surgery — can be a difficult process. At Sutter Rehabilitation Institute, we know that your goal is to return to a productive life as quickly as you can — and we’re here to help you make that happen.
Our Spinal Cord Injury Program is led by a medical director who is board certified in spinal cord injury medicine. Sutter Rehabilitation Institute is the only CARF-accredited Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Program in Northern California, outside of the Bay Area.
Our spinal cord injury team includes specialty-trained physicians, therapists, social workers, neuropsychologists, case managers and certified rehabilitation registered nurses who focus on bowel and bladder care, skin integrity, self-care and mobility. Our spinal cord injury peer counselor — who himself sustained a spinal cord injury many years ago — is passionate about helping each person return to a productive life. You also work with our recreation therapist who can show you new ways to follow your passions and return to the community.
Our rehabilitation services include:
- Personal, individualized therapy designed to address your needs and goals.
- Training in wheelchair mobility and ambulation as able.
- Leading-edge robotic rehabilitation technologies, including EksoNR™ exoskeleton and the ZeroG® body-weight support system.
- Bowel and bladder retraining.
- Training in self-care.
- Family and caregiver education and support, community resources and support group services.
- Wheelchair-accessible van to take you into the community for practice or fun.
- Multi-surface outdoor therapy area to practice wheelchair mobility on all types of different terrain.
- Supportive counseling for you and your family to assist you as you adjust to a new lifestyle.
- A transitional apartment where you and a family member can practice—with support—before you return home.
Community Services and Follow-Up Clinic
Inpatient rehabilitation is only the first step of the rehabilitation journey. As needed, our team will refer you to follow-up services, such as home health services, home- or community-based rehabilitation, or outpatient therapies.
After you leave inpatient rehabilitation, you can also take part in the Follow-up Clinic, offered by Sutter Rehabilitation Institute rehabilitation doctors. During Follow-up Clinic days, a doctor, neuropsychologist or rehabilitation specialist can check on the progress of people recently discharged from inpatient rehabilitation. This program provides a continuum of care for our patients.
What to Expect
Learn more about what you can expect during your Institute stay:
- Our Facility
- Recovery Is All About You
- What to Expect During Your Stay
- Rehabilitation Treatment Goals
- Policies and Visitor Information
- What to Bring With You
- Education and Support
- Patient Outcome Data (PDF) English | Spanish
Becoming a Patient
To become a patient at Sutter Rehabilitation Institute, you must:
- Be at least 17 years old. Adolescents between 15 and 17 are considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Require frequent access to a rehabilitation physician, who will oversee your medical needs and functional plan of care.
- Require 24-hour rehabilitation nursing.
- Need at least two types of therapy.
- Be able to tolerate a relatively intense therapy program, consisting of at least three hours of therapy per day, five days a week. An individualized schedule will be created for you and will include frequent rest breaks throughout the day.
- Have the ability to achieve rehabilitation goals in a reasonable time period.