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Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation in Latin America

Hospitals, clinics and medical centers in Latin America performing Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation.

Clínica Anglo Americana

Clínica Anglo Americana is a JCI accredited medical facility established in 1921 and works with many international insurers. The innovative hospital with its bilingual staff keeps up to date with advanced technologies, and provides treatment in many fields.


Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation is available at Clínica Anglo Americana

Hospital Universitario de San Vicente Fundación

A large tertiary hospital with over 600 beds and over 400 physicians providing medical care in all medical specialties. The international office can assist patients with insurance, accommodation and transportation. Private rooms are available.


Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation is available at Hospital Universitario San Vicente

Centros Especializados de San Vicente Fundación

A modern, technologically advanced medical center, designed to handle complex procedures in a variety of medical specialties, with over 100 physicians. The staff can speak English and Spanish, and can asist with transporation and accommodations.


Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation is available at Centros Especializados

Hospital Punta Pacifica

A modern private hospital which is affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine International. Most of the doctors and surgeons at Hospital Punta Pacifica were trained in the USA or in Europe.


Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation is available at Hospital Punta Pacifica

Hospital San Jose Tec De Monterrey

A JCI accredited hospital, located 150 miles from the border with Texas, United States. The hospital is a full range tertiary care hospital, with five areas of excellence: Cardiology, Oncology, Neuroscience, Organ Transplant and Liver Disease.


Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation is available at Hospital San Jose Tec De Monterrey

Galenia Hospital

Hospital Galenia holds the Certificate of Medical Attention Establishments granted by Joint Commission International (JCI), Accreditation Canada International (ACI) and is certified by the Mexican General Health Council (CSG).


Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation is available at Galenia Hospital

San Fernando Hospital

One of Panama’s largest hospitals, offering a wide range of medical specialties and fully equipped facilities. Clinica Hospital San Fernando was the first hospital in Panama to be accredited by the JCI.


Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation is available at San Fernando Hospital

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About Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation

This information is intended for general information only and should not be considered as medical advice on the part of Any decision on medical treatments, after-care or recovery should be done solely upon proper consultation and advice of a qualified physician.

Spinal cord injury rehabilitation

Treatment for spinal cord injuries may be split into to two phases: rehabilitation and acute: The acute stage starts at the time of injury, and lasts until the individual is stabilized. The rehabilitation stage starts soon after the person has stabilized and is in a position to start working toward his or her independence.

The Acute Stage

During the acute stage, it's vital that the person gets prompt medical care. The quicker the person accesses treatment, the far better his or her chances are at getting the least degree of impairment possible. Typically, similar to the all too popular SUV rollover, the injured individual will be sent to the nearest hospital or center equipped to handle spinal cord injuries.

The first couple of days of the acute phase are accompanied by spinal shock, where the person’s reflexes do not work. In this phase, it is very hard to figure out a precise diagnosis, as some function beyond what is currently being observed might occur later. During this period other complications from the injury or accident will as well be present, like bruising, brain injury, or broken bones.

The Rehabilitation Stage

As soon as the acute stage has ended and the individual has been stabilized, he or she goes into the rehabilitation phase of treatment. Treatment in this stage has the objective of returning the maximum function as possible to the individual. Since all spinal cord injuries differ, a unique plan made to help the individual function and succeed in daily life is created.

The plan usually consists of:

  • Assisting the individual understand his or her injuries
  • Assisting the individual to understand the details about his or her care
  • Assisting the individual become as independent as possible in daily activities like wheelchair use, dressing, bathing, grooming, and eating
  • Assisting the individual to learn to embrace a new lifestyle, particularly related to housing, sexual, and recreational options
  • Assisting the individual learn how to instruct caregivers in the way to help them
  • Preparing them for vocational rehabilitation

Generally, rehabilitation takes place at an accredited and approved spinal cord injury treatment center.

Specific degree of spinal cord injury and rehabilitation potential
  • C2 or C3: Patient is totally dependent for all care
  • C4: Dependent for all care and often requires a ventilator
  • C5: Patient might be able to feed themselves with assistive devices, often requires a kind of respiratory support, but might be able to break without a ventilator
  • C6: Patient might be able to push themself on wheelchair indoors and might be able to carry out everyday living tasks like dressing, eating, and grooming.
  • C7: Patient might be able to drive a car with special modifications or may drive a wheelchair outside
  • C8 : Similar to C7
  • T1-T6 : Patient might be able to become independent with self-care and also use of a wheelchair
  • T6-T12 : Patient might improve sitting balance and manage to take part in athletic activities using a wheelchair
  • L1-L5 : Patient might be able to walk short distances with assistive devices.

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