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Spinal Cord Injuries and Disorders System of Care

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Why Choose VA?

Dad with two boys VA provides world class care so Veterans with spinal cord injuries and disorders can achieve the highest possible independence, quality of life, and productivity. 

 

There is no better place for Veterans with a spinal cord injury or disorder to get care than a VA Spinal Cord Injuries and Disorders Center.  Highly dedicated and committed teams of knowledgeable and skilled professionals provide outstanding care.  The team can be made up of many different professionals but you are the most important part of the SCI/D team. 

Veterans enrolled in the SCI/D System of care are able to get their annual exams done at one of the 24 VA SCI/D Centers.  Getting your annual exam done at a VA SCI/D Center is the best way to ensure that you stay healthy, active, and avoid problems.
VA has a long history of leadership in spinal cord injury care as one of the first healthcare systems to implement the idea of comprehensive care for spinal cord injuries.  VA is still leading spinal cord injury care with the development of a system for comprehensive care for the entire life of Veterans with spinal cord injuries and disorders.

 

Accreditation

Accreditation is a sign of quality and an important consideration when choosing where to go for SCI/D care. VA's SCI/D Centers are accredited by The Joint Commission and facilities that provide rehabilitation are accredited by the Commission on Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)

 

VA Offers Many Different Services for Veterans With Spinal Cord Injuries or Disorders

  • Acute Rehabilitation
  • Primary care
  • Ongoing medical care
  • Urological management
  • Electrodiagnostic services
  • Clinical psychology and neuropsychology
  • Social work services
  • Chaplain services
  • Physical therapy
  • Respiratory therapy
  • Prosthetics and orthotics
  • Speech and language pathology
  • recreation therapy
  • Independent living services
  • Driver training
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Education classes
  • Peer counseling
  • Peer activities
  • Home care services
  • Fee basis care
  • Respite
  • Telehealth
  • Hospice
  • Long-term care
  • Durable medical equipment
  • Medications and supplies
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Video Tour of a VA Spinal Cord Injuries and Disorders Center


Therapist working This video will show you more about what happens at VA SCI/D Centers:
Behind the Scenes of an SCI/D Center.

Annual Exams at VA SCI/D Centers Are The Best Way To Stay Healthy

Veterans with spinal cord injuries and disorders should get a yearly exam at a VA SCI/D Center. During these annual exams, specialized teams of doctors, nurses, therapists, and psychologists conduct comprehensive evaluations to maximize your health, prevent complications, and help you get the most out of life. The team will address your healthcare, function, and equipment needs to help maximize your health, function, and quality of life.