Spinal Cord Injury Program

St. Luke’s provides comprehensive, state-of-the-art therapy under the guidance of interdisciplinary rehabilitation teams and physician specialists. As a Level I Trauma rehabilitation hospital and outpatient locations throughout Spokane, our expert team works closely with every patient to increase mobility, functionality and outlook. We know that innovative technology, and dedicated specialists, are integral to the healing process. Our passionate, supportive team encourages and empowers our patients every minute of the day.

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A spinal cord injury can be debilitating, but it’s no match for the perseverance of the human spirit, and the steadfast dedication of an expert team. We’re astounded each day by what our patients achieve together with our care teams. At least 70% of our patients return to their communities after discharge with higher degrees of independence. And once they go back into the world, we provide ongoing support through service providers who can continue to meet their specific needs after treatment. Why? Because at St. Luke’s, our patients are family.

A Continuum of Care for Every Stage

Our model of care focuses on helping individuals regain and maintain their vibrant lives—today and well into the future. Our focus of excellence includes: 

  • Inpatient and outpatient therapy at the same location
  • A patient-centered model of care
  • Close collaboration with other regional and community service providers
  • Therapy services offered 7 days per week
  • Innovative, evidence-based rehabilitation
  • Assistive technology 

Learn more about our Spinal Cord Rehabilitation program

Read St. Luke's quarterly Spinal Cord Injury Newsletter (PDF)

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

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
  • Gunshot wounds
  • Spinal tumors
  • Neck and back injuries

Patient Satisfaction and Quality of Life 

Because St. Luke’s is committed to getting our patients back to the highest quality of life possible, we consistently measure patient satisfaction and how well rehab improved patients’ quality of life. Based on a national survey (MedTel Outcomes), patients in an inpatient setting rated the following: 


Brain Injury Resources

Support Group
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.

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Questions? Call us at (509) 473-6000.

St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute
711 S. Cowley St.
Spokane, WA 99202-1330

Inpatient Information: (509) 473-6058
Outpatient Information: (509) 473-6869