Physical therapists Krista Smart and Becky McGill specialize in treating patients with spinal cord conditions.

According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, there are an estimated 282,000 people living in the United States with spinal cord injuries.

There are many ways to damage the spinal cord, but the most common spinal injuries stem from traumatic events such as car accidents, falls, and sports-related injuries. In these cases, a sudden blow fractures or compresses one of the vertebrae in the spine.


Spinal cord injuries affect different parts of the body depending on where the spine was injured. Some generic symptoms include:

• Paralysis
• Weakness
• Numbness
• Increased muscle tone and spasticity
• Neurological impairments
• Pain
• Loss of bowel and bladder control


Bacharach’s CARF-accredited spinal cord injury program is designed to maximize patient function and independence while providing support to patients and their families. Every patient is surrounded by a dedicated team of nurses, doctors, physiatrists and rehab specialists, who work together to meet the complex challenges of the patient.


“At Bacharach, patients receive a minimum of three hours of physical and occupational therapy a day,” said Becky McGill, physical therapist and spinal cord injury program coordinator. “These sessions include functional training, balance activities, strengthening, endurance training, education, family training, range of motion, activities of daily living, and use of adapted equipment.”


The Bacharach rehab team works with patients to develop a care plan that meets the patient’s specific needs by incorporating a number of different therapy options, such as team meetings, pool therapy, home visits, wheelchair clinics and more.


“It is important for people to know that we are a community-based program,” said Becky. “Patients’ families can be involved on a daily basis because our patients are generally located close to home. We can also do home evaluations because of our patient’s proximity. Our monthly support groups and other community activities are based out of Bacharach so local patients can stay involved, hooked in, supported, and monitored.”


To learn more about Bacharach’s spinal cord injury program call 609-652-7000.


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