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Spinal Cord Injury Paralysis Resource Center

Rehabilitation and Recovery

Rehabilitation and Recovery

How do you choose the right rehab center?  What is a physiatrist?  When will your rehabilitation begin?  What’s the difference between an occupational therapist and a physical therapist? 

These may be just a few questions that run through your mind after you've acquired a spinal cord injury or developed paralysis.  You'll find your answers in this section along with an in-depth look at exercise and its relationship to improved function.

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Rehabilitation Overview / How to Pick a Rehab


An overview of the types of rehab that can assist in the recovery process along with some helpful points to consider when choosing a rehabilitation facility. Read more.

Functional electrical stimulation

(FES -- sometimes referred to as neuromuscular electrical stimulation) uses electrical currents to activate nerves affected by paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury (SCI), stroke or other neurological disorders. FES can restore lost function; it is often used as a means of exercise. FES applications may involve the use of neuroprostheses that allow people with paralysis to walk, stand, restore hand grasp function or bowel and bladder function. Read more.

NeuroRecovery Network (NRN)

A cooperative network of cutting-edge rehabilitation centers designed to provide and develop therapies to promote functional recovery and improve the health and quality of life of people living with paralysis. Funded by the Reeve Foundation through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the NRN translates the latest scientific advances into effective, activity-based rehabilitation treatments. Find out more.

Military & Veterans Programs (MVP)

Military Resources

The Reeve Foundation offers a wealth of knowledge on SCI and Paralysis and partners with other organizations and foundations with expertise in specific areas of importance to the Military & Veterans community. Read more.

Exercise and New Function

Find out how exercise can affect new function; a description of activity based recovery programs and a list of equipment and training resources. Read more.

The Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center Information Specialists are reachable business weekdays, Monday through Friday, toll-free at 800-539-7309 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Eastern U.S. Time. International callers use 973-467-8270. You may also schedule a call or send a message online.

This project was supported, in part by grant number 90PR3002, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship areencouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.