Do Specialty Hospitals Make a Difference for Spinal Cord Injury?

Recovering from a spinal cord injury (SCI) can require extensive medical treatment and physical rehabilitation.

SCI patients are extremely vulnerable to pneumonia, pulmonary edema and respiratory failure because spinal injuries may weaken respiratory muscles. Increased physical activity may help patients strengthen lung function, prevent bedsores, and retain a fuller range of motion in injured muscle groups.

The level of care a patient receives significantly impacts the outcome of any spinal injury. On average, patients treated at specialized facilities fare better than those treated at general hospitals, but the improvement in care comes at a price.

In May, a firefighter and father of three fractured six vertebrae in an ATV accident, leaving him an “incomplete quadriplegic”. He still has movement in his left arm but not his hand, and he still feels pain throughout his entire body.

Now, his daughter is holding fundraisers and selling t-shirts to get him moved to Craig Hospital in Denver, an award-winning facility for SCI and traumatic brain injury (TBI) treatment. She has raised $26,000 so far, but the family needs $83,000 to make the transfer.

Craig Hospital boasts that its “graduates” recover more fully than patients from other rehabilitation programs; they make greater functional gains during treatment, are discharged at higher rates and require less attendant care. Unfortunately, only those who can pay the price have access to specialized medical treatment.

SCI patients may still recover in a general treatment facility, but maybe not as fully as they would have in a specialized treatment program.

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