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Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation

A spinal cord injury is a devastating event, both physically and psychologically. In addition to paralysis and loss of sensation below the level of injury, a spinal cord injury also impacts many different bodily functions, including circulation, metabolism, temperature regulation, nutritional health, skin, respiration, bowel and bladder elimination, and sexuality.

Among the First Spinal Cord Injury Centers in the Nation

Spinal Cord Injury RehabilitationThe complexity of spinal cord injuries requires highly specialized skills of a healthcare team trained to manage this kind of injury. TIRR Memorial Hermann was one of the first facilities in the United States to establish a civilian spinal cord injury center.

TIRR Memorial Hermann focuses on patient needs and practices a unified, interdisciplinary approach to patient care. Our team is made up of specialized doctors, therapists, nurses, case managers and social workers dedicated to expert care of people with a spinal cord injury.

We consider our mission to be accomplished when persons with spinal cord injuries, within their individual capabilities and opportunities, achieve a quality of life with personal independence, productive functioning and maximum state of health.

TIRR Memorial Hermann is internationally recognized for its expertise in the management of tetraplegic spinal cord injury patients who require a ventilator for breathing, including patients who are able to wean from the ventilator.

Spinal Cord Injury Program

The Spinal Cord Injury Program services include:

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Patient Stories

Jason Roy ThumbnailPolice Officer Jason Roy was paralyzed from the neck down after a high speed chase flipped his squad car. In 2 and a half months, Jason walked out of TIRR Memorial Hermann. Read the story »

Kevin Everett ThumbnailDaquan Minor, an 18-year-old who suffered a spinal cord injury in an auto accident helps lead Hotwheels to victory in 2015. Read the story »

Kevin Everett ThumbnailNFL player Kevin Everett was paralyzed from the neck down after suffering a spinal cord injury on the field. Read about the aggressive rehabilitation he received at TIRR Memorial Hermann that returned him to walking. Read the story »

Profile in Caring: Emily Potter, OTR In 2001, Potter had just begun work on a degree in education at The University of Texas at Austin when she sustained a T11 spinal cord injury (SCI) in an automobile accident, paralyzing her from the waist down. Read the story »

Braxton Taylor patient storyDiagnosed in 2008, Taylor has had neurosurgery every year since then for treatment of the disorder and related conditions. In July 2013, he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage in the left frontal lobe of the brain that left him with hemiplegia. Read the full story »

Wes Brown: Back on the Road AgainWes Brown was hauling a load of saltwater from an oilfield in East Texas to a nearby disposal site when the tires on the rear axle of his 18-wheeler hit a pothole and bounced onto the shoulder of the road. As he tried to center his trailer, the steer tire on the passenger side hit another pothole, causing the saltwater to sway to the right side of the tank. The force of the motion caused the rig to roll over. Read the full story »

Lexie ThumbTransported by Life Flight to Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center fighting for her life and then transferred to Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, Lexie re-learned how to do everything with help from TIRR Memorial Hermann. Read the story »

Jared Dunten 2In April 2000, while on a camping trip in the Chisos Mountains in Big Bend National Park, Jared Dunten dove into the Rio Grande with a bar of soap to clean himself up – and hit a sandbar. Read the story »

Saleh AlzahraniAt the age of 12, Saleh underwent a successful surgery to remove a brain stem tumor and then returned to his daily life. At the age of 25, the cancer had returned and was located on the medulla - the lower part of the brain stem that connects with the spinal cord. Read the story »

Meena thumbnailMeena Dhanjal Outlaw was injured in early 2000, after she stepped onto the balcony of her new home and was locked out of her house. Concerned about the safety of her 3-week-old son, Miles, and 3-year-old daughter, Jasmine, she attempted to climb down from the balcony. She ended up falling and, as a result, shattered two vertebrae: T12 and L1. Read the story »

Angela Thumbnail At 16 months of age, Angela Wrigglesworth was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy, a progressive motor neuron disease that causes weakness in the arms, legs and torso. This prevented her from walking and she began using a wheelchair at the age of 5 years. Read the story »

Dan Hammers ThumbnailInfertility in SCI is a challenge. Because the male reproductive tract is at the end of the spine, virtually all lesions along the spine affect fertility. Learn how physicians at TIRR Memorial Hermann helped one patient overcome these obstacles and become a father. Read the story »

Get Started

To learn more about spinal cord injury rehabilitation and how you can participate in the acclaimed Spinal Cord Injury Program at TIRR Memorial Hermann, call (713) 797-5942 or contact us online.

Download the Full Report:

Click the links below to download the complete TIRR Memorial Hermann Spinal Cord Injury Patient Statistics fact sheet in English or Spanish.