The NRN Center at Ohio State offers effective rehabilitation treatments for those with paralysis.

The NeuroRecovery Network (NRN) Center at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center is part of a distinguished network of the nation’s leading rehabilitation centers. The network develops and delivers therapies to promote recovery of function and improve quality of life for people 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, activity-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, which ensures tolerance of an aggressive physical therapy program that uses a body-weight, support-harness system during the performance of locomotor training (LT)

Participants 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, the participant 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. Here’s why people choose Ohio State’s NeuroRecovery Network Center:

Personalized Care: You will receive a personal evaluation that helps create an individualized care plan to meet your needs and lead you toward your health goals.

Unique 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. For example, our Center offers the latest scientific advances in effective, activity-based rehabilitation treatments. Unlike other programs, we offer an intense daily treatment program. Most patients participate in one and a half hour therapy sessions five days per week. We also offer locomotor training (LT). With LT, a harness supports the body’s weight so that the legs reach a treadmill. Specially trained therapists guide the legs to simulate walking.

Accredited Programs: We are proud that our Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs at Dodd Hall and our Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF recognizes our programs as meeting the highest standards in quality, safety and outcome measures, which provide risk-reduction and accountability in our patient care.

Nation’s Best: Ohio State’s rehabilitation program consistently ranks among the best in the nation. As an academic medical center, Ohio State offers comprehensive medical expertise, the most advanced technologies and treatment techniques, and innovative care backed by research knowledge.

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

Whether you are referred by your physician or self-referred, you must be evaluated by our physician and physical therapists to determine if you may benefit from this type of therapy and can physically complete the program. Your treatment plan may include:

  • A personalized plan to meet your specific needs
  • Intensive, one-on-one work with your therapist
  • Activities you will continue at home, as recommended by your therapist
  • Three to four months of therapy, with re-evaluation every 20 sessions and program adjustments, as needed

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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