Spinal Cord
As the Inland Northwest's only Level I Trauma Rehabilitation Hospital, St. Luke's has been providing care and therapy for people suffering from spinal cord injuries for two decades. Our experienced, interdisciplinary teams of specially-trained rehabilitation professionals offer expertise in a variety of conditions and levels of injury by working with patients and care givers to get people back to their fullest life.    

The spinal cord system of care at St. Luke's provides state of the art care for patients with injuries and diseases of the spinal cord.  Our program coordinates care across the continuum from the acute hospital to inpatient rehabilitation to outpatient rehabilitation and across the lifespan of the person from pediatric to geriatric. Our program utilizes innovative and evidence-based rehabilitation services and assistive technology. The St. Luke’s team works closely with patients and their family to set to help the recovery process.

 click here to view patient outcomes information for the spinal cord program.  

Patients Served

A spinal cord injury can happen to anyone at any age. In 2015, St. Luke’s provided inpatient rehabilitation services to more than 93 inpatients and 33 outpatients who suffered a spinal cord injury or illness.

- Age 0-17: 0 inpatient, 5 outpatient

- Age 18-64: 44 inpatient, 26 outpatient

- Age 65+: 49 inpatient, 2 outpatient

  Total: 93 inpatient, 33 outpatient

  • The average St. Luke’s inpatient with a spinal cord injury is 61 years old and outpatient is 45 years old.
  • 41% of our inpatients with a spinal cord injury are female. 59% are male. 30% of outpatients are female and 70% are male.
  • On average, inpatients with a spinal cord injury spend 18 days at St. Luke’s. Outpatients averaged 18 therapy visits.
Conditions Treated 

The most common conditions St. Luke's treats for patients with a spinal cord injury are:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Gun shot wounds
  • Spinal tumors
  • Neck and back injuries

Hours of Service

The inpatient spinal cord program offers therapy services 7 days a week and provides nursing care 24 hours a day.  Therapy hours range from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm depending upon the patient needs and treatment plan.  We provide at least three hours of therapy each day over five days or 15 hours per week to make sure each patient has the best care and best possible results to meet their goals. If additional specialty services are needed during a patient's stay, St. Luke's has contracted services for things such as lab services, imaging, etc. Outpatient therapy is available Monday - Friday from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm.

Care Setting

Recovering from an injury or illness can be difficult for the patient and family/caregivers. St. Luke's provides both inpatient and outpatient therapy services at the same location.  The Spinal Cord program collaborates with other regional and community services to ensure that all patients’ needs are met.   Visiting hours are flexible to accommodate individual patient needs and family members are encouraged to participate in therapy. 

Insurances Accepted
For a list of participating health insurance plans and government programs, please click here   

St. Luke's wants to help patients throughout their stay and after. St. Luke’s offers a support group for patients who have suffered a spinal cord injury. The group meets every fourth Wednesday of the month from 1-2 p.m. Please call the Support Group Hotline at 473-6681.

click here  to view the Spinal Cord Injury newsletter. 

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