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
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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: 


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Spinal Cord 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.

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - From the US Department of Health and Human Services, information and resources specific to Spinal Cord Injury.
  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke - NINDS supports and conducts research, fosters the training in the neurosciences and seeks better understanding, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of neurological disorders.
  • National Spinal Cord Injury Association - The nation's oldest and largest civilian organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for those living with the results of spinal cord injury and disease and their families.
  • Medline Plus - Information to help answer health questions, easy access to medical journal articles and the latest news gathered from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other government agencies and health-related organizations.
  • Spinal Cord Injury Information Network - Facts and information for patients and caregivers, including medical and psychological issues, research and education. There are sections on equipment, adapting homes and vehicles, recreation and service animals, as well as links to several newsletters
  • American Spinal Injury Association - The American Spinal Injury Association is dedicated to promote standards of excellence, educate and foster research in the field of spinal cord injury
  • Paralyzed Veterans of America - A leading advocate for veterans of the armed forces who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction. PVA offers information on health care, research and education addressing spinal cord injury and dysfunction, benefits available as a result of military service and civil rights and opportunities which maximize independence.

View Support Services for more.


Related Links

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

St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute
711 S. Cowley St.
Spokane, WA 99202-1330
509.473.6000

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