New Orleans Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
Spinal cord specialty program
Being diagnosed with a spinal cord injury (SCI) is a major life event. Whether the spinal cord injury was acquired from a traumatic event, disc herniation, spinal stroke, spinal canal narrowing, spinal infection, or complication following surgery, the Spinal Cord Specialty Program at Touro provides patients with the information, resources, and support needed to adapt to life following their injury.
Spinal cord injury education
Patient education classes
The Spinal Cord Specialty Program holds daily educational classes from 1:00 – 2:00 pm. Classes are free and offered to anyone who has a spinal cord injury or related disability. Participants do not need to be patients of Touro Infirmary. Classes focus on a number of topics specific to spinal cord injury that help prepare patients for lifelong management of their injury and provide a roadmap for lifelong progress and success in the community.
The class schedule is determined monthly. For information about participation in all or specific classes please e-mail SpinalCordInjuryProgram@LCMCHealth.org or call 504.897.8684.
Family education day
Spinal Cord Injury Family Education Day occurs the last Friday of every month in Conference room M1002 on the 10th floor at Touro Infirmary. It is open to families of current patients in the program as well as the community at large. If you are interested in participation at Spinal Cord Injury Family Education Day please e-mail SpinalCordInjuryProgram@LCMCHealth.org or call 504.897.8684.
The Spinal Cord Specialty Program offers a support group called PACT (Paralysis Action Coalition at Touro). Participants range from those with newly acquired injuries to those who have been successful several years following their injury. Family and support persons are also encouraged to attend. The group meets monthly for meetings but also has planned social and community activities. PACT also has its own Facebook group to keep up with community events, share stories, and continue to provide support outside of monthly meetings. Email PACT@LCMCHealth.org or call 504.897.8684 if you are interested in participating in this group.
SCI education manual
All patients in the Spinal Cord Specialty Program receive an education manual which details all topics covered during patient education classes. Additionally, the manual contains a resource section whether you are looking for specialty sports and adventure opportunities, have general questions about spinal cord injury or are interested in magazines geared specifically towards people with spinal cord injuries.
Peer mentoring is available face to face, by phone, or over e-mail by peer mentors trained through either the United Spinal Association or Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.
Touro Rehabilitation Center’s specially-trained and certified rehabilitation staff is dedicated to caring for patients with spinal cord injuries, no matter the level of injury. The Spinal Cord Injury Program aims to maximize functional independence and provide the foundation to achieve success in the community. In addition to the patient and his/her family/ support team, the interdisciplinary treatment team may consist of:
- Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM & R) Attending
- Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM & R) Resident
- Specialty Consultants as needed
- Certified Rehabilitation Nurse
- Registered Nurse
- Patient Care Technician
- Rehabilitation Case Manager
- Physical Therapist
- Occupational Therapist
- Speech and Language Pathologist
- Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
- Behavior Specialist
- Respiratory Therapists
- Rehab Counselor
- Other specialists from Touro Infirmary may be consulted, based on individual needs