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Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation

 
Upstate Rehabilitation at the Downtown Campus
Upstate University Hospital
Rm. N2104
750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, NY 13210
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Phone: 315 464-6543
Fax: 315 464-4753
Hours:Mon.-Fri. 7:30am-4:30pm

SpinalRehab

The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department offers comprehensive services to patients that have sustained a spinal cord injury. This includes services during the acute hospital stay, inpatient rehabilitation, and outpatient rehabilitation. Our program addresses the complexity of spinal cord injury including paraplegia, tetraplegia, bowel and bladder dysfunction, and spasticity.

Our goal is to begin early intervention to optimize a patient's independence at home and in the community. We strive to improve physical function, mobility, and activities of daily living through the use of strategies, skills and adaptive technology. Education is provided throughout the rehabilitation process to patients and family members to maximize recovery and general health. Support will also be provided by psychologists and social workers to address any emotional, cognitive or adjustment needs.

Treatments in Spinal Cord Rehabilitation may include:

  • Spasticity/Tone management
  • Splinting/orthotics
  • ADL training
  • Functional strengthening
  • Gait training
  • Wheelchair fitting and mobility
  • Equipment needs assessment     
  • Home modification/setup
  • Self and assisted stretching
  • Home program
  • Bowel and bladder management
  • Transfer training and bed mobility
  • Family/caregiver training

Specialty training programs may include the use of specialized equipment including the:

  • Lokomat
  • Armeo 
  • Functional E-stim
  • Bioness H200 and L300
  • RT300 Cycle
  • Walkaide
  • NeuroCom Balance Master

Preparing for your first visit

Wear comfortable clothing and appropriate footwear (closed toed shoes)

The first visit is to complete an initial evaluation, including medical history, objective measures, and functional testing to establish an appropriate treatment plan and home exercise program

Bring any braces or splints you are currently using or have been given in the past

Bring current medication list, test results, and surgical history

A physician's referral is required for evaluation and treatment within this program.

Providers

Tanya L Burnett, MS, CTRS
Tanya L Burnett, MS, CTRS
315 464-6543

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Brain Injury; Pediatric Brain Trauma; Stroke

Reis E Cunningham, MS OTR/L, CBIS
Reis E Cunningham, MS OTR/L, CBIS
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • MS: Keuka University, 2014, Occupational Therapy
  • BS: Keuka University, 2013, Occupational Science

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Occupational Medicine; Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS); Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Adult Patients; Amputation; Brain Injury; Concussion; more

Research Interests

  • Concussion in Youth Sports
  • Effects of Concussion post trauma on recovery
  • Brain Injury
  • Trauma
  • Vestibular Disorders and Dizziness

Education Interests

  • Occupational Therapy Education

Clinical Interests

  • Neurorehabilitation
  • Orthopedics
  • Surgery/Trauma
  • Concussion/Cognition
  • Vestbular/Dizziness

Lori M Holmes, PT, DPT
Lori M Holmes, PT, DPT
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: Upstate University Hospital, 2016

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Physical Therapy; Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Pediatric Patients; Spinal Cord Injury; Stroke; Torticollis; Pediatric Physical Therapy; more

Carly M Mann
Carly M Mann
315 464-6543

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS); Amputation; Blurred Vision; Brachial Plexus Injury; Brain Aneurysm; Brain Injury; more

Nicole A Ramos, PT, DPT
Nicole A Ramos, PT, DPT
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: Upstate University Hospital, 2015

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Body Weight Support Treadmill Training, Physical Therapy; Pediatric Physical Therapy

Denali Remonda, PT, DPT
Denali Remonda, PT, DPT
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: SUNY Buffalo, 2009

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Physical Therapy; Amputation; Brain Injury; Multiple Sclerosis (MS); Muscular Dystrophies; Spinal Cord Injury; more

Beth Rolland, OTR, CDRS, CBIS
Beth Rolland, OTR, CDRS, CBIS
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • MS: Columbia University, 1997, Occupational Therapy

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS); Brain Aneurysm; Brain Injury; Brain Tumor; Concussion; Multiple Sclerosis (MS); more

Lisa E Rothwell, PT
Lisa E Rothwell, PT
315 464-6543

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Physical Therapy; Dizziness and Vertigo; Vestibular Rehabilitation

Kelly Ryan
Kelly Ryan
315 464-6543

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Occupational Therapy

Joanne Scandale, PhD, CRC, CCM, LMHC, CBIST, CCTP, CCATP
Joanne Scandale, PhD, CRC, CCM, LMHC, CBIST, CCTP, CCATP
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • PhD: Syracuse University, 2004, Rehabilitation Counseling

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS); Brain Injury; Brain Injury Rehabilitation; Vocational Rehabilitation

Jennifer I Spieker, OTR/L
Jennifer I Spieker, OTR/L
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • OTR: Keuka University, 2001

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Brain Injury; Brain Tumor; Spinal Cord Injury; Stroke; Occupational Therapy

Jean M Stewart, PT
Jean M Stewart, PT
315 464-6543

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Physical Therapy

Erin S VerDow, PT, DPT

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