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 NeuroRecovery Network Center

The NeuroRecovery Network (NRN) Center at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is part of a distinguished network of leading rehabilitation centers that develops and delivers therapies to promote functional recovery and improve quality for life for people living with paralysis. Funded by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the NRN translates the latest scientific advances into effective rehabilitation treatments.

Our Patients

We provide intensive, activities-based therapies for patients who are:

  • Facing limited mobility with some feeling or movement in the legs due to an incomplete spinal cord injury (some sensation/movement below the level of injury is retained)
  • At least three months post-injury
  • Medically stable enough to pass our screening, ensuring the participant can tolerate an aggressive physical therapy program which uses a body weight support harness system to perform locomotor training (LT).

Participants must be able to attend intensive outpatient therapy five times a week for a minimum of 60 visits. Depending on the injury and results of the initial therapy, participants may attend outpatient therapy for up to nine months.

Why Choose The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center?

The NRN develops and provides therapies that result in improved overall health and quality of life of people living with spinal cord injury and other selected neurological disorders.

There are many reasons to choose our programs and services:

  • Our Center is one of seven specialized NRN rehabilitation centers in the nation and the only one in Ohio. We partner with the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide specialized therapy programs.
  • Our program translates the latest scientific advances into effective, activity-based rehabilitation treatments.
  • Unlike other centers, we offer an intense treatment program in which you participate in therapy five days per week for 1.5-hour sessions each day.
  • We offer locomotor training (LT), a method of physical therapy where your body is suspended in a harness over a treadmill while specially-trained therapists move your legs to simulate walking. This innovative training helps awaken nerve pathways by repetitively stimulating the muscles and nerves in the lower body.
  • We are proud that our Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs at Dodd Hall and Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF recognized our programs as meeting the highest standards in quality, safety and outcome measures, which provide risk-reduction and accountability in our patient care.
  • For 19 consecutive years, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's rehabilitation program has been ranked among the best in the country by U.S.News & World Report.
  • Since The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is an academic medical center, you benefit from innovative research, a depth of medical expertise and the newest technologies and treatment techniques available.

Our Services

This program offers rehabilitation services after you have returned home from the hospital or another rehabilitation facility. These are known as outpatient services. These services help achieve your highest level of recovery.

Following a physician’s referral, your activities-based rehabilitation program may include:

  • Practicing functional skills, such as dressing, eating, grooming and cooking
  • Practicing walking skills to increase opportunities for you to participate in community and social activities
  • Step training using body-weight support on a treadmill and manual assistance
  • Transferring treadmill walking skills to walking on the surface of the ground

Your Treatment Plan

Whether you are referred by your physician or self-referred, you must be evaluated by our physician and physical therapists to determine if you may benefit from this type of therapy and can physically complete the program.

Your treatment plan is personalized to meet your specific needs and may include:

  • Therapy sessions below that are approximately 1.5 hours each, starting with five days per week:
    • locomotor training (LT) where you are suspended in a harness over a treadmill, while specially-trained therapists move your legs to simulate walking
    • overground (walking on the surface of the ground) training
  • Intensive, one-on-one work with your therapist
  • Activities you’ll continue at home, as recommended by your therapist
  • Three to four months of therapy, with re-evaluation every 20 sessions and program adjustments as needed

Your Treatment Team

Your care team features dedicated professionals with specialized training who deliver the NRN’s therapies:

  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians or physiatrists (specialize in helping people regain body functions lost due to medical conditions or injuries)
  • Physical therapists (specialize in helping patients achieve maximum strength, balance and mobility)
  • Rehabilitation specialists (specialize in helping patients recover and adapt after a disabling injury or illness)
  • Administrative and clinical supervisors
  • Data managers (manage clinical trial data)
  • Case managers (specialize in the coordination of inpatient and post-hospital care and services for patients and families)

Care Locations

  • NeuroRecovery Network Center
         Dodd Hall
         480 Medical Center Drive, Room 1054
         Columbus, OH 43210 

Additional Specialized Services

Your rehabilitation team may recommend a variety of other rehab services that may include:

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