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A World Leader in Advancing Human Ability™

As a nationally recognized leader, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program offers a comprehensive rehabilitative approach to help you maximize your recovery potential and equip you with tools to succeed when you leave.

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Spinal Cord Injury

After a Spinal Cord Injury, What’s Next in Your Recovery Journey?

Spinal Cord Injury and learning to walk

As you leave the acute-care hospital, you have to make a very important decision... This is the time to choose RIC. For spinal cord injury recovery, you need the nation’s #1 rehabilitation hospital. At RIC, we combine science and care, to Advance Human Ability™.

You deserve care from the #1 rehabilitation hospital in the country

As a nationally recognized leader, RIC's Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program offers a comprehensive rehabilitative approach to help you maximize your recovery potential and equip you with tools to succeed when you leave. Each year more than 50,000 patients travel to RIC from around the globe to advance their abilities.

RIC offers one of the only national programs that can treat patients at all levels of spinal cord injury:

  • Ventilator dependent
  • Diaphragmatic pacing
  • Complete tetraplegia
  • Complete paraplegia
  • Incomplete injuries

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Patient Stories

Our patients share their experiences

Sgt. Roosevelt Anderson, Jr. Jenna Ennesser Sgt. Howie Sanborn

Sgt. Roosevelt Anderson, Jr.

Jenna Ennesser

Sgt. Howie Sanborn

US Army Special Ops, Age 31 Chicago, IL “RJ”—as he is known—knew that he wanted to be a solider his entire life, but his father urged him to go to college first. Two-and-a-half years into...

Farmer, Age 24 Grand Rapids, MI Newly married, Jenna and her husband were driving home in rural Michigan when their pick-up truck rolled over and she was ejected from the truck...

US Army Paratrooper, Age 31 Ft. Bragg, NC Howie Sanborn was always athletic, which is why it was no surprise to anyone when he joined the US Army. He went on to qualify as a member of the Golden Knights...

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RIC's Unique Care

Research, Recovery, and Innovation

RIC sets the standard for care by our novel approach to treatment. An expert, integrated team of clinicians and researchers work together to set individual patient goals, tackle challenges, and innovate solutions that improve patient recovery.

Integrated Care Model

  • Physical Therapists will help with your mobility
  • Occupational Therapists will help with activities of daily living
  • Speech/Language Pathologists may help with your eating, drinking, and cognition
  • Seating Assistance, Orthotics and Prosthetics, and Recreational Therapy may also be available

RIC's Continuum of Care

RIC's care model is designed to drive down medical costs by focusing on successfully integrating patients into the community sooner and practicing skills that support their return to meaninful life roles at home and work.

RIC Recovery Team & Resources
RIC Stroke Recovery - Coordination and Strength

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Why is Research Important to Your Care?

RIC has more than 350 clinical studies underway, nearly 200 of those specifically dedicated to improving treatments and recovery from stroke.

The world’s best research directly impacts your recovery

RIC Stroke Recovery - Walking Trials RIC Stroke Recovery - Robotics Lab RIC Stroke Recovery - Noninvasive Brain Stimulation

Walking Trials

Robotics Lab

Non-invasive Brain

Our research has proven that increasing the distance a patient walks each day and elevating their heart rate leads to better outcomes. Following your assessment we can determine whether you may benefit from RIC’s intensive gait trials. RIC’s lab uses assistive devices to facilitate finger extension, grasp and hand recovery. Used with clinical therapists in a Virtual Reality environment, researchers are advancing new treatments for stroke patients affected by hand weakness and paralysis. A stimulator equipped with an MRI is used to navigate and test whether brain stimulation can reduce inappropriate nerve impulses to the injured side of the brain after a stroke, ultimately improving hand and arm movements and eliminating paralyzing symptoms.

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