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 nearly 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 goals to help the recovery process.
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A spinal cord injury can happen to anyone at any age:
- In 2012, St. Luke’s provided rehabilitation services to over 95 inpatients and 54 outpatients with a spinal cord injury or illness.
- Age 0-17: 2 patients
- Age 18-64: 56 patients
- Age 65+: 38 patients
- The average St. Luke’s inpatient with a spinal cord injury is 55 years old. The average age of a patient in our Outpatient program is 57 years old.
- 27% of our patients with a spinal cord injury are female. 73% are male. 50% of outpatients are female. 50% are male.
- On average, patients with a spinal cord injury spend 23.7 days at St. Luke's. Outpatients average 13 therapy visits.
- Patients come to St. Luke's from our referring partner acute hospitals, nursing facilities, insurance case managers and directly from patients requesting St. Luke's.
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
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.
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.
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St. Luke's wants to help patients throughout their stay and after. Here are answers to some often asked questions by our patients and their families.
- Is there a support group for Spinal Cord patients?
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.
St. Luke’s is committed to providing the best rehabilitation care possible for the patients we serve. Your input is needed. Please tell us what other information you would like to know about St. Luke's Spinal Cord Injury Program.