Spinal cord injury rehabilitation

The spinal cord is the cluster of nerves that runs from the brain to the rest of the body, protected by the vertebrae that run down your neck and back. If these nerves are damaged, it can result in temporary or permanent loss of mobility or feeling.

Spinal cord injuries are most commonly the result of trauma sustained in falls, car crashes, sporting accidents or assaults. The level and type of impairment that results depends on where the spinal cord is damaged, and how severely. In general, the higher up the spinal cord the injury occurs, the more disabling its effects. For example, a serious injury to the neck area could cause tetraplegia, in which all four limbs are paralysed, and the patient may need help to breathe. Injuries further down the spinal cord might result in paraplegia (paralysis from the waist down). There are many variations within these extremes.

Every spinal cord injury is unique, requiring an individual care and rehabilitation plan.

Slow Stream Rehabilitation and Long Term Stay at Arbury Unit of Badby Park

Our multi-disciplinary team works with each patient at their own pace – developing a care pathway in partnership with families, friends and carers and assessing progress regularly. Our physiotherapy team is hugely experienced and we work with input from a consultant in rehabilitation medicine at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital. This supportive, patient-centred approach encourages maximum independence and quality of life, with a strong emphasis on emotional wellbeing and confidence-building. Treatment and therapy makes full use of our 800 sq ft dedicated and fully equipped therapy and assessment centre, looking out over the beautiful south Northamptonshire Hills. Our ½ acre walled garden provides the opportunity to undertake outdoor therapies not available in many urban facilities.

For residents who may require mechanical ventilation, our dedicated and specially trained team in the Lantern will do their outmost – through the use of technology and therapy, to ensure maximum independence and access to leisure activities and pastimes. The Lantern team work in conjunction with our therapists as well as input from consultants from Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital and Northamptonshire General Hospital.

Badby Park’s unique setting offers an atmosphere of tranquillity ideal for rehabilitation and long term stay – with comfortable, spacious rooms and a fully accessible sensory garden.

Respite Stays

Sometimes there is a desire on the part of carers and residents for a short tem stay – be it for assessment or to provide a break from domestic care. Badby Park has dedicated facilities to look after short term stay residents and welcomes any enquiries.