Rehabilitation Center

Spinal Cord Injury Program

Spinal Cord InjuryThe Spinal Cord Injury Program at the University of Utah Rehabilitation Center is the only CARF accredited program in the State of Utah.  Our spinal cord system of care offers you the most comprehensive rehabilitation program in the region.  The program begins in the acute hospital and supports you throughout your inpatient stay, outpatient therapies and follow up care and beyond.  We are able to accommodate spinal cord injury patients in our urgent care clinic.  Urgent care (non-emergent care) is available weekdays in the Physical Medicine Physician Clinic.

Persons who have spinal cord injury experience a number of functional limitations.  Our goal is for you to achieve the highest level of function by creating a personalized rehabilitation plan.  The rehab plan will help the patient and their family, set and reach physical, mental and emotional goals to enable the patient to return to the community.

A key component of this program is TRAILS (Therapeutic Recreation and Independent Lifestyles).  TRAILS is a spinal cord injury outreach program based at the University of Utah Rehabilitation Center.  TRAILS is designed to prepare individuals with spinal cord injury to engage in active living through sports and exercise programs, recreational experiences and education.  Providing year-round programming, TRAILS offers and excellent opportunity for individuals to develop an active lifestyle.

Spinal Cord Injury Forum:  The SCI Forum is a series of educational sessions with lectures and informal "hands-on" activities presented by experts in the field of Spinal Cord Injury.  Topics include:SCI Basics, Current Research, Secondary Health Conditions, Wellness, Sexuality, Psychological Issues and Support, Community Resources.

TRAIL Talk: TRAIL Talk is a monthly spinal cord injury focused learning and social opportunity.  TRAIL Talk covers peer chosen, SCI related topics and social activities.

Sports and Recreation: TRAILS offers the following sports and recreation programs: cross country skiing, downhill skiing, handcycling, kayaking, swimming and wheelchair tennis.  Our programs provide adaptive equipment and assistance with all sports.

Wellness Program:  A comprehensive program designed specifically for the individual with a spinal cord injury to maintain lifelong physical and mental health.  Available at three Salt Lake locations, SCI Wellness offers low cost accessibility to state-of-the-art exercise equipment 5 days a week.

To schedule an appointment please call:

Phone: (801) 581-2267
Toll Free: (800) 824-2073


University of Utah Hospital
50 North Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Areas of Treatment:

  • Paraplegia
  • Tetraplegia - (Formally called Quadriplegia) includes patients requiring ventilator management
  • Myelopathy

Services include:

  • Adaptive driving evaluation
  • Advanced Assistive technology/Augmentative communication
  • Community resource referrals
  • Drug & alcohol abuse treatment
  • Individualized clinical pharmacy teaching
  • Marital & sexual counseling
  • Nutrition services & counseling
  • Outpatient follow-up care
  • Patient & family education
  • Patient & family counseling
  • Prosthetics & orthotics fitting & training
  • Rehabilitation engineering
  • Social services
  • Swallowing retraining
  • Referrals for Vocational counseling & evaluation
  • Wheelchair evaluation & fitting

Clinical Trials

  • StemCells
    Keywords: spinal cord injury, stem cells transplant
    Status: Not yet recruiting

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