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Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center

Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center

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(865) 541-3600

1901 Clinch Ave, Knoxville, TN 37916


The Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center’s Spinal Cord Injury Program is designed to assist those disabled by spinal injury and disease to recover the greatest degree of functional independence and highest quality of life possible. The program is interdisciplinary and requires intensive involvement by the client and family in goal-setting, therapies and evaluation.

Prior to treatment being initiated, a comprehensive evaluation by the clinical team is completed. The clinical team including patient and family will determine a treatment plan focused on returning the patient to the highest degree of function and independence. The core interdisciplinary team consists of a physiatrist which is a M.D. with specialty training in physical medicine and rehabilitation, Registered Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, Speech Language Pathologist, Psychologist all licensed by the State of Tennessee, certified Therapeutic Recreational Specialist, and a Case Manger with either a background in Nursing or Social Work. The physician directs the core team to handle specific issues. The individualized treatment may include individual and group education as well as spinal cord injury support group. Other services available include biofeedback, adaptive aquatics, animal-assisted therapy, home accessibility evaluations, supervised independent living experiences, community re-entry, pressure-mapping, seating and mobility evaluation, and driving evaluation.

Additionally nutrition, clergy, respiratory, wound care, orthotic/prosthetics, peer support, durable medical equipment services are available. As part of being located within a regional medical center, each patient has access to consultative medical services, such as urology, pulmonology, neurology, etc as indicated.

Outpatient services are provided by dedicated experienced staff that are aware of the unique and specialized needs of those disabled by spinal injury or disease. PNRC’s Follow-up Clinic is designed to meet the lifelong needs of the injured person.

In the spinal cord injury outcome categories, Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center obtains an overall higher level of self-care than the national norms for rehabilitation centers around the country. PNRC treats an average of 50 inpatients with a spinal cord injury each year.

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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.

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