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Spinal Cord Service - Outpatients

About The Spinal Cord Service – Outpatients

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Location

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Toronto Rehab - Lyndhurst Centre​ | map iconMaps & Directions

Hours & Contact

Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Outpatient Service Coordinator:
Phone: 416 597 3422 ext. 6188
Fax: 416 597 7042

To cancel an appointment: call extension 6591

If you are late for your appointment: call extension 6064

What We Do

About 1,000 Canadians are permanently disabled each year because of spinal cord injuries or disease. If you have a spinal cord disability, our outpatient therapy and specialty clinics are designed to help you with your concerns over your independence and overall health.

We encourage families to read educational material, attend educational sessions and learn as much as they can during the rehabilitation process. You can get a lot of information through our Patient & Family Education services.

 Rehabilitation Services

​​​We offer a wide range of services to outpatients with spinal cord injuries and diseases. A registered nurse provides guidance and education on health issues for people living in the community, while a dietitian can check nutritional needs and provide education and support on healthy eating. An occupational therapist helps break down the barriers that keep outpatients from carrying out and enjoying every day activities.

A physiotherapist assists patients in maximizing their physical function, balance, transfers and wheelchair skills. As part of physiotherapy, hydrotherapy offers therapeutic exercises and activities in a heated pool with the goal of improving physical functioning through increased balance and reduced pain or spasticity. But regular patients have more open access to therapy equipment during the day, and equipment use is limited to scheduled therapy appointments for outpatients.

While our rehab medicine doctors help outpatients prevent and manage complications, a psychologist can help them and their families adjust to the stresses of living with spinal cord injury. A social worker can help outpatients and families cope and get back into the community – and plan for the future and find resources. A speech language pathologist will also identify and treat swallowing and communication disorders. 

We also have Therapeutic Recreation, which helps outpatients increase their independence through leisure activities and gain the highest possible quality of life. And our after-hours membership-based Fitness Centre has personalized fitness programs using free weights, exercise machines and adapted fitness classes. There is an initial assessment fee and an ongoing monthly membership fee for this service. The centre requires a PDF icon imagereferral form.

 Specialty Clinics

The Assistive Technology Service provides assessment and training for patients with special devices to meet writing needs at home, work or school. Our speech language pathologists also work closely with patients in need of voice recognition software.

The Bone Density Service specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and study of osteoporosis in patients with spinal cord injury or other neurological impairments.

The Gynecology Clinic provides gynecological care to women with impaired mobility. Services include routine pelvic examinations, counseling on fertility issues, pregnancy, menstrual irregularities and menopause.

The Robson Clinic provides urological care to diagnose, manage and prevent urological dysfunction. We also offer consultation on sexuality and fertility issues to male patients.

The Seating Clinic makes assessments and prescriptions for patients' wheelchair mobility and seating needs.

The Skin and Wound Management Clinic provides care and education for preventing and managing pressure ulcers. ​

The Intrathecal Baclofen (ITB) Clinic uses Intrathecal Baclofen Pump therapy to provide special care for patients with spasticity who do not respond to standard treatment. (PDF icon imageITB Referral Form)

 Admission Criteria

​To be admitted for our outpatient services, you will need a diagnosis of a spinal cord injury or disease. You'll have to be able to participate in treatment and have specific rehab goals you can achieve. You'll need to be able to direct your own care or have someone to assist you with it. You'll also need access to a family doctor to monitor your health needs during therapy.

As well, you'll need reliable transportation to get to and from appointments. And you'll need to be able to get to all your appointments at Lyndhurst independently.

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