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University of Washington Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System

University of Washington Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System

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The Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System (NWRSCIS) is centered within the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington and Harborview Medical Centers in Seattle. The NWRSCIS is dedicated to improving the lives of people with SCI in the Pacific Northwest through excellent patient care, clinically relevant research, and education to individuals with SCI, their families and professionals.

Beginning with pre-hospital care that includes Medic One and Airlift Northwest, lifesaving emergency medical services are delivered to injured persons throughout Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. Once people are transported to Harborview, the region’s only Level 1 trauma center, experts in neurological surgery, orthopedic surgery, general surgery, neurology/emergency medicine, pulmonary medicine, plastic surgery and rehabilitation medicine combine in multidisciplinary teams to provide care tailored to the specific type of injury and the individual needs of the patient.

Our inpatient rehabilitation program at University of Washington Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center is recognized by the Committee on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and is rated the #4 rehabilitation program in the nation by US News and World Report. Our outpatient rehabilitation clinics provide the full complement of rehabilitation therapies and nursing care as well as continued medical services for SCI related conditions. We have a comprehensive team of rehabilitation staff, including rehabilitation physicians, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, recreation therapists, social workers, vocational/educational rehabilitation counselors, psychologists and neuropsychologists.

In addition, our centers provide specialized services in the areas of assistive technology, adaptive driving, wheelchair seating, pain management, fertility, bladder management, spasticity management, vocational rehabilitation, and ReWalk Robotic Exoskeleton therapy.

Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injury can result in paralysis of the muscles used for breathing; paralysis and/or loss of feeling in all or some of the trunk, arms, and legs; weakness; numbness; loss of bowel and bladder control; and numerous secondary conditions including respiratory problems, pressure sores, and sometimes fatal spikes in blood pressure. Approximately 12,000 new spinal cord injuries occur in the U.S. each year. A majority of injuries occur from motor vehicle accidents, falls, work-related accidents, sports injuries, and penetrations such as stab or gunshot wounds.

Our Membership Community

Our membership community provides a lifeline for many individuals that are focused on regaining their independence and improving their quality of life––whether they are leaving rehab after sustaining a spinal cord injury, learning to live with symptoms of a spinal cord disorder, or have spent years of frustration coping with disability. We provide members guidance and resources on a variety of topics they are passionate about, such as employment, affordable housing, transportation, health care, home- and community-based independent living, education, peer support, and leisure and recreation.
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