Spinal cord injury age

In 2014, our Spinal Cord Injury Program treated 25 patients with traumatic and non-traumatic spinal cord injuries. 

What does this data mean?
Our specially trained staff provides comprehensive care for children, teens and young adults with spinal cord injuries and conditions from birth to age 21. We treat every patient individually based on his needs. The largest age group admitted was 11 to 21 years old.

Why is it important to know the age range?
While in the Inpatient Rehabilitation Program, patients have the opportunity to interact and attend group therapy with others their own age. This allows the patients to talk about common fears or issues about their injury or illness and support each other during their stay. This interaction among peers is important for developing self-confidence in children, teens and young adults.

How does Children’s make sure we are giving high-quality care?

  • Children’s provides peer, family and sibling support. This helps the whole family cope with rehabilitation.
  • Child life specialists ease stress and educate patients and their families about what to expect during and after treatment.
  • Our certified teachers work with the family to guide them through the process of returning to school—from elementary school to college. They also work with the patient’s school to provide education about the patient’s condition and needs.
  • Age and developmentally appropriate activities and recreational outings help patients relearn and practice everyday things, like using public transportation and buying groceries.
  • Our team includes a pediatric physiatrist certified in spinal cord injury medicine. This means our team has additional expertise in the evaluation and treatment of children and teens with spinal cord injuries.

The number of patients is based on data from Children's, while patient ages are based on Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR), which compares Children’s to similar pediatric programs in the nation.