The JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute offers inpatient and outpatient treatment, unique support services, and cutting edge technology and techniques to maximize recovery.
Located adjacent to JFK Medical Center, our spinal cord patients have around the clock access to comprehensive and extensive medical and behavioral services. The interdisciplinary team will work with you to maximize your recovery as you move through the stages of recovery. Our expert rehabilitation specialists are highly skilled in treating all aspects of Spinal Cord Injury and associated complications such as skin integrity, spasticity, bowel and bladder issues, autonomic dysreflexia, and musculoskeletal and neuropathic pain issues. We assist patients with maintaining and strengthening muscle function, redevelop fine motor skills and teach adaptive techniques to accomplish tasks. By embracing a shared goal, we join our patients in meeting their individual goals – returning to a favorite hobby, participating in social or fitness activities, or going back to school or work.
Comprehensive Spinal Cord Services
Board-certified rehabilitation medicine physicians with specialized training and expertise in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Inpatient rehabilitation program providing intensive therapies and 24-hour rehabilitation nursing care
Outpatient rehabilitation program providing one-on-one care including traditional and aquatic rehabilitation therapies
Three convenient locations in Edison, Metuchen and Monroe – New Jersey
Specialized areas also include Spasticity Management, Pain Management and Orthotic Evaluation (custom braces)
Wheelchair and seating assessment/prescription by a team of experts, including rehabilitation medicine physicians, occupational therapists, and representative from a wheelchair company
Driver Training Program conducted by Occupational Therapists (Certified Driver Training Specialists) to evaluate and assess for the ability to return to driving
JFK for Life Health & Fitness Center offering medically based and supervised fitness programs at the completion of rehabilitation.
Dedicated to the Highest Quality
Our interdisciplinary team uses evidence-based best practices to deploy proven interventions for patients that help to prevent pressure ulcers, as well as enhance the healing process of existing wounds. As a result, our acquired pressure ulcer rate is consistently below national rates, and our healing rate for existing pressure ulcers is 96%. We also utilize the JFK Center for Wound Healing for appropriate patients in their treatment plan, offering the specialized services to evaluate and treat chronic, non-healing wounds.
Q. What are the effects of a spinal cord injury?
A. The effects of SCI depend on the type of injury and the level of injury. A complete injury means there is no sensation and no voluntary movement below the level of the injury and therefor no function An incomplete injury means that there is some sparing of sensation or voluntary movement below the level of injury. For example, a person in an incomplete injury may be able to move one limb more than the other or may be they can feel parts of the body that cannot be moved.
Q. How does the level of injury affect a person’s function?
A. Although function may vary generally injuries to the cervical (neck) injuries usually result in quadriplegia where the arms, legs and trunk muscles are affected and breathing can also be affected. Injuries at the thoracic level and below result in paraplegia, with the hands not affected. Some patients may have poor trunk control as the result of lack of abdominal muscle control. Lower thoracic spine injuries allow good truck control and good abdominal muscle control. Sitting balance is very good. Lumbar and Sacral injuries result in decreased control or weakness of the legs.
Q. Is there a cure for SCI?
A. Currently there is no cure for SCI. There are many researchers attacking this problem. Many of the most exciting advances have resulted in a decrease in damage at the time of the injury.