Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation
Spinal Cord Injury
We're here to help you regain your independence.
As the community leader in spinal cord injury rehabilitation, encouraging people with spinal cord injury to focus on ability, not disability, this program fosters independence and strengthens self-esteem.
Sharp Rehabilitation Services offers comprehensive inpatient treatment for patients with spinal cord injuries.
Our spinal cord injury fertility program
The Spinal Cord Injury Fertility Program through Sharp Rehabilitation Services is dedicated to making parenthood a possibility for those affected by spinal cord injury.
The program is one of the few spinal cord fertility programs in the United States that offers the following comprehensive services in one location:
- Certified rehabilitation nursing evaluation and referral
- Fertility evaluation
- Initial assessment and counseling
- Ongoing individual and couples counseling
- Outpatient sperm procurement (RPE) and high-frequency vibratory stimulation
- Physical therapy and occupational therapy assessment for child care needs, home modification and adaptive equipment
- Pregnancy, delivery and postpartum care (offered at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns)
- Special parenting classes with adaptive techniques
- Urology/gynecology evaluation
To learn more about the Spinal Cord Injury Fertility Program, call the program coordinator at 858-939-6947.
Our quad rugby team
Sharp HealthCare Rehabilitation Services' wheelchair sports program is the proud sponsor of the San Diego Sharp Wheelchair Rugby Team. Learn more about joining this team or watching the team play.
Get support through the Sharp HealthCare Foundation HeadNorth grant
We know how important it is to live life to the fullest. That's why our Sharp HealthCare Foundation HeadNorth grant is available for spinal cord injury survivors to receive funding and support for important equipment and services — from wheelchairs and exercise equipment to home modifications.
Grants are provided to patients overcoming a traumatic spinal cord injury who are legal San Diego County residents with a demonstrated financial need.
If you are eligible and would like to apply, please fill out our application (PDF).
Our accredited rehabilitation facilities
Our Sharp Memorial Rehabilitation Center is accredited by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) for the spinal cord injury program.
This accreditation represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows Sharp's substantial conformance to the standards established by CARF. An organization receiving accreditation by CARF for the spinal cord injury program has been through a rigorous peer review process, and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit that its spinal cord injury programs and services are of the highest quality and are measurable and accountable.
Health tips for living with a spinal cord injury
The following are some basic tips for living with a spinal cord injury.
- Because muscle size is reduced after a spinal cord injury, your ideal body weight may be less than before. A dietitian can help you determine your ideal body weight.
- Fluids are very important after a spinal cord injury, especially if you have a wound that needs to heal. If you have a fluid restriction, talk to your doctor about how much you should be drinking. If you do not have a restriction, you should drink 10 to 12 cups of caffeine-free beverages each day.
- Talk with your occupational therapist to determine whether you are ready for a driving evaluation.
- Your social worker can help you with forms to get a disabled parking placard. If you have already had rehab, applications for parking placards are available from the DMV and need to be filled out by your physician.
For more information about Sharp Rehab's Adaptive Driving Program, please call 858-939-6942.
- Carry all essential items, including prescriptions, with you
- If traveling by car, don't let the gas tank get below half full on long trips
- If you are on a bowel program, take that into consideration when timing your travel
- Join a nationwide auto club that can assist with trip planning and emergencies
- Keep your seat cushion with you
- Make reservations early; acknowledge that you are in a wheelchair and any special needs you have
- Travel with an attendant if you need assistance with hygiene or eating
Keeping your skin healthy:
- Poor circulation is related to the majority of skin problems. Pressure from staying in one position without shifting decreases blood flow to the area.
- Smoking further decreases the efficiency of circulation. If you smoke try to cut back or quit, and if you don't smoke, don't start.
- To decrease your chance of skin problems or ulcers, eat a healthy diet, and don't let yourself get too thin and make sure to drink fluids (alcohol and caffeine don't count).
For more information about Sharp Rehab's programs for healthy skin and managing wounds or pressure ulcers, give us a call at 619-522-3724.
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