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Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation

The Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center of Delaware Valley

Magee Rehabilitation offers one of the nation's leading rehabilitation programs for people with spinal cord injuries (SCI). With more than 4,000 SCI patients in its follow-up system, Magee has the clinical experience and the unique peer resources that no other Greater Philadelphia rehabilitation program can offer.

Since 1978, Magee has partnered with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital to form The Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center of the Delaware Valley. This federally designated model system of care is one of only 14 in the country to provide coordinated lifetime care for people with SCI and their families. Magee's SCI program is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

Magee's SCI services include an expert clinical inpatient program; state-of-the-art assistive and therapeutic technology; unique outpatient therapy programs; and community reintegration services. Lifetime follow-up care is coordinated through Magee to address the unique health and community reintegration concerns of people with SCI.

Magee's SCI inpatients can begin taking part in restorative programs immediately following their admission and initial evaluations. Therapies are offered seven days per week, and physician and nursing services are available 24 hours a day. Patients will be at Magee for varying periods of time, based on their goals and progress. Each member of the treatment team works with the patient and caregivers for a return to home that is both as safe and speedy as possible. Most inpatient stays are complemented by continuing care services at home or in outpatient settings.

The benefits of rehabilitation do not stop after a patient has successfully demonstrated improved function and has returned home. People with SCI are likely to have some form of long-term disability and unique healthcare needs through the remainder of their lives. All resources and services of Magee Rehabilitation are available through the Lifetime Follow-Up System of Care.

Magee's Lifetime Follow-Up System of Care provides patients and families with continued access to a rehabilitation physician and a team of expert rehabilitation professionals. This team provides a variety of services to help patients maintain or regain their level of physical function and good health. Case management is offered to coordinate each patient's lifetime SCI care needs.  Magee treats patients who are at least 14 years old, and has a specialized adolescent coordinator that works with young people.  Within the last year, Magee has treated 10 spinal cord inpatients and 4 outpatients under the age of 18.

Read more about the Model Systems Spinal Cord Program in the CORD

Summer 2014

Read Adam Taliaferro's Story.


Magee is proud to partner with the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to offer the NeuroRecovery Network (NRN). The NRN is part of our Locomotor Training Program, which is one form of activity-based therapy now offered at Magee.

Not only is rehabilitation therapy vital for maintaining the general health of spinal cord injured individuals, but now evidence is accumulating that shows how vigorous repetitive exercise can exploit neural plasticity both above and below the injury site, leading to an improvement in walking and standing capacity.

More about the NeuroRecovery Network.

Click here to watch a video on Locomotor Training


The Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center of the Delaware Valley (RSCICDV) has assembled a comprehensive Spinal Cord Injury Patient Family Education Manual, that is being used throughout the US and in some areas internationally to help persons understand the sequela of the spinal cord injury. It is designed for use by the person with a spinal cord injury or dysfunction and his or her family and caregivers. It is a guide to provide information on the many aspects of spinal cord dysfunction, including medical, functional and psychosocial issues.

This handbook will help prepare for discharge from a rehabilitation program and supplement lifelong learning about spinal cord injury. The handbook is divided into topic sections. Please feel free to request additional information, and we would appreciate any comments you may have about the handbook. The handbook may also be downloaded to a personal computer from this site. A Spanish version of this manual will be coming soon.

View the Spinal Cord Injury Patient Family Teaching Manual.