New Spinal Cord Injury Clinic Fills a Gap in the Region

Angela Stillwagon, DO, a physical medicine & rehabilitation physician, at the UC Medical Center. Photo by Cindy Starr.

Angela Stillwagon, DO, a physical medicine & rehabilitation physician, at the UC Medical Center. Photo by Cindy Starr.

When people suffer an accident that involves injury to the spinal cord, they may undergo a variety of treatments for the trauma. But after the initial treatment is completed and they move on to a “new normal,” they still have special health care needs. Now, people with spinal cord injuries have a new option—the recently launched UC Health Spinal Cord Injury Clinic.

“Too often, the medical needs of people with spinal cord injuries fall through the cracks,” says Angela Stillwagon, DO, who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation. “Family doctors don’t offer specialized services, yet patients no longer need to see a neurologist or surgeon. There was a hole. That’s where the new UC Health Spinal Cord Injury Clinic comes in. We offer the understanding and TLC they deserve. We provide medical interventions that can truly improve their quality of life.”

The Spinal Cord Injury Clinic includes a multidisciplinary team that sees the patient in one day, at one location, and can address the needs that might arise from the spinal cord injury. Interventions are supervised by physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians who focus on musculoskeletal injuries.

The clinic provides a full scope of services, including physical therapy to address individualized level of function and education on up-to-date treatment options, skin care/wound care and urology services.

Based on the patients’ needs determined at the clinic, additional follow-up services can be provided, such as:

•    Pressure mapping for custom wheelchair seating and positioning.
•    ReWalk™ and Ekso™ exoskeleton devices that help patients with spinal cord injuries stand up and walk.
•    Warm water pool for gravity-elimination resistance to help with strengthening and posture.
•    Wellness classes.
•    Functional e-stim(electrical stimulation).
•    Occupational therapy.
•    Physical therapy.

The new Spinal Cord Injury Clinic takes place at UC Health Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care, 151 West Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45216. To schedule an appointment, call 513-418-2707.

— Audrey Ronis-Tobin

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