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Spinal cord injury: Support and resources
The following services are available at the Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute:
- The Spinal Cord Injury Education and Support Group for inpatients offers spinal cord injury/dysfunction education and an opportunity for peer support related to spinal cord injury adjustment issues. The group meets twice weekly for one hour. Staff includes a social worker, therapeutic recreation specialist, occupational therapist and psychologist as needed. Family and significant others are encouraged to attend and participate.
- Spinal Cord System of Care Continuity Clinic follow-up is available from Sister Kenny doctors and therapists who are committed to life-long involvement for spinal cord injury patients. The rehab team works with patients and their families to decide the best follow-up plan and home program to meet continuing, life-long needs.
- Relax, Replenish, Reconnect is a video of special session on holistic healing after spinal cord injury.
To learn more about annual follow-up appointments for spinal cord injury, talk to your physician or call Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Associates at 612-863-4495.
Kenny Grad School: Spinal Cord Injury
Kenny Grad School offers a free education series for people with spinal cord injuries and their families. Sessions are offered every other month, on a Tuesday evening, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital – second floor, therapy gym, unless otherwise noted.
For more information about these sessions, call 612-863-3201.
Additional health services
The Wasie Therapeutic Swimming Pool is an aquatic facility that complements the total care and treatment of patients at Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute - Abbott Northwestern Hospital.
Driving and vehicle modifications
After experiencing a spinal cord injury, stroke or brain injury, you will need to be approved by your physician to resume driving. Your doctor may recommend that you go through driver's evaluation and training before getting behind the wheel.
Factors that may affect your ability to drive include change in vision, neglect, coordination, seizures, judgment, paralysis and spasticity.
If driver's evaluation is indicated, you will need to register for driver's education.
Our services can help you retain your driving independence as long as safely possible. We provide guidance and training to help maximize your years of driving.
Financial assistance and legal resources
Minnesota Disability Law Center
612-334-5785 ext. 239
430 First Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Minnesota State Bar Association
Lawyer referral system
Financial assistance services
Don't have health insurance? Call Allina Health Customer Service at 612-262-9000 or 1-800-859-5077. Someone will help you find the right program for your situation.