Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation


Not all spinal cord injuries are alike, nor are all rehabilitation programs the same. Therefore, choosing the right rehabilitation program for someone with a spinal cord injury can make all the difference in the world.

RIM offers the region’s most comprehensive approach to spinal cord injury rehabilitation.

Our commitment to excellence in SCI rehabilitation is reflected in our accreditation by The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) as a Spinal Cord Specialty Program. RIM is the only freestanding, academic, rehabilitation hospital in southeast Michigan with this specialty accreditation.

But what makes RIM’s SCI program truly unique is that it addresses the entire spectrum of rehabilitation care for spinal cord injury. The program has four distinct phases:

Click on the links on the below to learn more about each phase.

Spinal Cord Injury Stories

Faster Care, Better Outcomes

The program also includes a comprehensive list of specialty services that take into account the multitude of needs and quality of life of people with spinal cord injuries, from the earliest stages to a lifetime of health, sports, and fitness.

More About Spinal Injury Rehab at The DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan

For more than 60 years, the Detroit Medical Center's (DMC) Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan (RIM) has been dedicated to helping people with rehabilitation of spinal cord injuries and physical disabilities achieve the best life possible. As a national leader in the delivery of physical medicine and spinal cord injury rehabilitation services, The Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan has become a trusted organization that attracts patients from around the world. While known for treating spinal cord injuries and the most complex cases such as brain injury and stroke, RIM brings the same level of expertise to helping those with more common conditions including arthritis, back pain, spinal injuries, orthopedic and sports injuries. With its 94 bed inpatient hospital located at the DMC and over 30 outpatient therapy sites throughout southeastern Michigan, RIM is one of the nation's largest rehabilitation hospitals specializing in physical medicine, SCI rehab and spinal cord rehabilitation. As one of the nation’s largest rehab hospitals specializing in rehabilitation medicine and research, RIM is known for its clinical expertise in spinal cord injury, complex trauma and orthopedics and catastrophic injury care. The Institute is home to the Neurorecovery Center, which incorporates innovative therapeutic techniques based on the newest emerging research around the globe, aimed at neuromuscular re-education and activating impaired muscles and nerves following a spinal cord injury.