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Canadian SCI Rehabilitation Introduction

Winnipeg | Site Profiles Spinal Cord Injury Program, Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority The Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre provides specialized rehabilitation care to people with SCI from Manitoba and Northwest Ontario, and comprises a 13-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit, a rehabilitation day hospital, long-term follow up for lifelong, specialized SCI medicine issues, and outpatient physiotherapy, on an as-needed basis. There are a specialized seating clinic, rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology specialists, as well as the only Ministry of Transportation driver assessment program in the province. The site also maintains the longest-running baclofen pump program in Canada, and features long-term Canadian Paraplegic Association (CPA ) follow up for social, vocational and emotional needs. The program has been a leader in research and clinical management in many areas, in particular the management of neurogenic bladder, spasticity and neuropathic pain. It is a member of, and collaborator with, the world-renowned Spinal Cord Research Centre, at the University of Manitoba. Team members include physiatrists, nurses, OTs and PTs, a therapeutic recreation therapist, a part-time nutritionist, a social worker, a dedicated CPA counsellor, and a part-time pharmacologist who consults on individuals with neuropathic pain and on research projects. The program also offers consultation for audiology, pastoral care, geriatric medicine, chiropody, otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat), orthotics, speech and language pathology, psychiatry, rehabilitation engineering, and seating. There is dedicated research time for one of the physiatrists, and the program collaborates with a number of researchers at the University of Manitoba. The SCI program maintains a strong partnership with CPA Manitoba, of which the program’s medical director is a long-standing board member. All individuals are introduced to the resources available through CPA while they are inpatients. WINIPEG | SITE PROFILES 25


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