In many cases of spinal cord injury (SCI), it is common for there to be a corresponding brain injury (BI). We refer to this as a dual diagnosis. It can leave the patient with both physical and mental complications.
Children, teens and young adults with a dual diagnosis often need therapy to regain strength and mobility while working on possible learning and memory impairments. This can be an especially complicated treatment for young patients because their growth and development has to be considered.
Pediatric dual diagnosis patients need an experienced and coordinated team with age-appropriate treatments. We provide a comprehensive and individualized approach to treating patients, from birth to age 21, with dual diagnosis.
How We Can Help
Our Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit (CIRU) is one of the largest pediatric inpatient rehabilitation facilities in the country. It is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for:
Our therapists work with the patient and his family to create an aggressive, personalized treatment plan. The goal of that plan is to get the patient home with the highest level of function possible. Before the patient leaves the hospital, we make sure his family has the tools and knowledge to take care of him at home.
When a patient is ready, our case managers can help with the transition to our Day Rehabilitation Program or Outpatient Rehabilitation Program. Both programs help patients continue therapy after they've left the CIRU.