Offering you effective rehabilitation treatments if you are living with paralysis.

The NeuroRecovery Network (NRN) Center at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is part of a distinguished network of leading rehabilitation centers that develops and delivers therapies to promote functional recovery and improve quality of life for people living with paralysis. Funded by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the NRN translates the latest scientific advances into effective rehabilitation treatments.

Our Patients

We provide intensive, activities-based therapies for patients who are:

  • Facing limited mobility with some feeling or movement in the legs due to an incomplete spinal cord injury, some sensation/movement below the level of injury is retained
  • At least three months post-injury
  • Medically stable enough to pass our screening, ensuring you can tolerate an aggressive physical therapy program which uses a body weight support harness system to perform locomotor training (LT)

You must be able to attend intensive outpatient therapy five times a week for a minimum of 60 visits. Depending on the injury and results of the initial therapy, you may attend outpatient therapy for up to nine months.

Why choose The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center?

  • The NeuroRecovery Network (NRN) Center develops and provides therapies that result in improved overall health and quality of life for people living with spinal cord injury and other selected neurological disorders.

  • There are many important reasons to choose our programs and services:

    • Our Center is one of seven specialized NRN rehabilitation centers in the nation and the only one in Ohio. We partner with the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide specialized therapy programs.
    • Our program offers the latest scientific advances into effective, activity-based rehabilitation treatments
    • Unlike other centers, we offer an intense daily treatment program. You will participate in therapy five days per week for one and a half hour sessions.
    • We offer locomotor training (LT), a method of physical therapy where your body is suspended in a harness over a treadmill while specially trained therapists move your legs to simulate walking
    • We are proud that the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accredits our Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs at Dodd Hall and our Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs. CARF recognized our programs as meeting the highest standards in quality, safety and outcome measures, which provide risk-reduction and accountability in our patient care.
    • The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's rehabilitation program has consistently ranked among the best in the nation
    • Since Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center is an academic medical center, you benefit from innovative research, a depth of medical expertise and the newest technologies and treatment techniques available

Our Services

Our Services

This program offers rehabilitation services after you have returned home from the hospital or another rehabilitation facility. These are known as outpatient services. These services help achieve your highest level of recovery.

Following a physician’s referral, your activities-based rehabilitation program may include:

  • Practicing functional skills, such as dressing, eating, grooming and cooking
  • Practicing walking skills to increase opportunities for you to participate in community and social activities
  • Step training using body-weight support on a treadmill and manual assistance
  • Transferring treadmill walking skills to walking on the ground

Treatment Plan

Your Treatment Plan

Your treatment plan is personalized to meet your specific needs and may include:

  • Medical evaluation with an orthopedist (specializes in disorders of the skeleton and muscles)
  • Nutrition evaluation
  • Bone mass imaging and scans to evaluate bone loss and risk of future fracture
  • Balance of vitamin D and calcium
  • Medications to help prevent bone loss (anticatabolic) or stimulate new bone formation (anabolic)
  • Physical therapy to strengthen muscles in a bone-muscle unit
  • Preventive measures
  • Exercise program
  • Education
  • Nutrition counseling

Treatment Team

Your Treatment Team

Your care team features dedicated professionals with specialized training in delivering NRN therapies:

  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians or physiatrists who specialize in helping people regain body functions lost due to medical conditions or injuries
  • Physical therapists who specialize in helping patients achieve maximum strength, balance and mobility
  • Rehabilitation specialists who specialize in helping patients recover and adapt after a disabling injury or illness
  • Administrative and clinical supervisors
  • Data managers who manage clinical trial data
  • Case managers who specialize in the coordination of inpatient and post-hospital care and services for patients and families

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