Spinal Cord Injury Program

Rehabilitation using a hand bikeChildren, adolescents and teens with spinal cord injuries may need specialized rehabilitation so they can regain skills and abilities and address new problems from their injury. Our Spinal Cord Injury Program can help them become independent and return home.

Patients need an aggressive therapy program to help them succeed and reach their full potential. Our program is designed by the rehabilitation staff to restore function to the highest possible level and meet the individual needs of both the patient and family. Benefits include:

Video: Thompson's Journey with Spine Surgery

Thompson’s Journey with Spine SurgeryView
After severe pain led to a diagnosis of scoliosis and, eventually, a tumor on his spine, Thompson Ritter had to stop playing on his high school baseball team. Through multiple surgeries and rehabilitation at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Thompson, now 17, is back on the field.
  • We provide a comprehensive and individualized approach to treating patients, from birth to age 21, with a dual diagnosis of spinal cord and brain injuries


    As you look for a pediatric inpatient rehabilitation provider, see a list of questions we recommend you ask

    Call us at 404-785-2274 if you have more questions.


    Our Spinal Cord Injury Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) with specialty recognition in:

    • Spinal cord system of care
    • Pediatric specialty program

    To earn accreditation, we had to demonstrate that our programs maintain the highest measurable standards and accountability.


Healing the Whole Patient

The Spinal Cord Injury Program staff works toward healing the child’s body, mind and spirit.

  • For paraplegic patients, the primary goal is to achieve maximum independence.
  • For ventilator-dependent patients, the primary goal is to open communication and direct others in how to assist them

We provide support for each patient—as well as for parents, siblings and friends—through specialized training and education, therapeutic recreation and ongoing counseling. During therapy, our patients interact with others their own age. We believe successful recovery begins with real-life situations.

When a patient is medically stable and is discharged from inpatient rehabilitation, he can receive continued care through our outpatient and day rehabilitation programs.