Fletcher Allen, a Vermont university hospital and medical center, serves all of
Vermont and the northern New York region. Located in Burlington, Fletcher Allen is a regional, academic healthcare center and teaching hospital in alliance with the University of Vermont.
Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation at Fletcher Allen
Spinal cord injuries can occur when the spinal column fractures or when the ligaments holding the spinal column together fall out of alignment and bruise or crush the spinal cord. Depending on where the spinal cord and nerve roots are damaged, the symptoms can vary widely, disrupting the communication between the brain and the parts of the body below the site of injury. This injury can cause many problems for the person, such as:
- Paralysis or weakness of muscles
- Loss of sensation
- Bowel and bladder difficulties
- Impaired circulation
- Muscle spasticity
- Decreased joint mobility
Our staff at Fletcher Allen specializes in spinal cord injury and treats people with most levels of injury, including some with a dual diagnosis of a spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury. The team offers a comprehensive inpatient program with highly integrated and intensive therapy to address the complex needs of each person.
Experienced, Trusted Care
In addition, because we are affiliated with the University of Vermont, patients and families will have access to new and emerging treatments and technologies, and latest scientific knowledge. Our highly trained staff works collaboratively with the university to continuously improve clinical skills and promote best practice in treatment.
We provide the earliest possible start to rehabilitation and work to maximize the abilities and independence of our patients so that they may return home. This goal directed approach enables patients to:
- Improve physical function and mobility
- Improve safety and independence with self care activities
- Use adaptive equipment and technologies to transition back to home, work and the community
- Overcome social and psychological issues that impede transitioning to the life ahead
To help patients with spinal cord injuries successfully transition back to their life, we offer a continuum of care, transitioning from an inpatient to outpatient setting, with specialized services such as a driver rehabilitation program, wheelchair seating and positioning with mobility options, support groups with a focus on education for the patient and their family and counseling.