Unique Spinal Cord Injury Day Treatment Program

The SCI Day Program is an alternative for those persons who are medically stable and no longer require around-the-clock nursing care but who can benefit from intensive treatment within a daily routine with minimal nursing support.

A Wide-Range of Services

Day program participants receive individual and group Occupational and Physical therapies, as well as Social Work services. Depending on your needs, your day program treatment plan may also include:

  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Driver’s Training
  • Medical Rehabilitation Management
  • Participation in Research Studies
  • Peer Mentors
  • Psychotherapy
  • Rehabilitation Engineering Consultations
  • Reiki Therapy for Relaxation
  • SCI Education Classes
  • SCI Support Groups
  • Spasticity Clinic
  • Speech Therapy
  • Spiritual Care Services
  • Substance Abuse Group
  • Therapeutic Recreation
  • Urology Services Available
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Wheelchair Seating and Mobility Clinic
  • Wound Clinic

Advanced Therapeutic Technology

Therapy areas include state of the art equipment including: RTI FES bikes, Bioness® L300 plus and H200, weight training, ZeroG 3D dynamic body weight support system, standing frames, gliders, Lokomat®, and Ekso® Exoskeleton

 What You Can Expect

Most services are delivered in the outpatient therapy gym, Independence Square®, the Victory Garden, and as needed, the pool, the Seating and Mobility Clinic, and the community for outings.

In addition, you can expect the following:

  • Average cost of $600 daily, if not covered by insurance.
  • The length of time someone is in the program varies from person to person. A typical stay in the program is 5-7 months, with an average of 91 scheduled visits of physical and occupational therapy (2018).
  • Therapy 2-3 hours a day, usually 3 days a week
  • Goals for each individual patient are established upon admission to the program and are routinely updated during the patient’s episode of care. Patients are discharged from the program when they no longer require the PT group, no longer have goals for OT and PT, or are no longer making progress towards their goals. In many cases following discharge from the day program, patients may benefit from additional treatment in a traditional outpatient therapy setting. Referrals to outpatient services or other services in the community are provided upon discharge from the Day Program.

Learn more about patient admissions criteria for the Day Treatment Program—and learn what our patients say about the program.

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For more information about the SCI Day Treatment Program at MedStar National Rehabilitation Network or to make a referral, please call

Katie Seward or Judson Richardson, 202-877-1000

The Transitions Team

Katie Seward, Physical Therapist, Program Co-Director
Sarah Stone, Physical Therapist Coordinator
Sarah Ouwerkerk, Occupational Therapist Coordinator
Judson Richardson, Social Worker, Program Co-Director

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