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Boosting Neurological Rehab with the Thrive Initiative

Specialized Rehabilitation for Neurological Conditions in Jackson, WY

Neurological trauma is among the most complicated injuries to rehabilitate. Damage to the brain, spinal cord or nerves can impact a multitude of body systems – vision, sensation, motor control, and vestibular (balance) – and require highly skilled and targeted rehabilitation.

At St. John’s Health, we are proud to introduce Thrive, a comprehensive, rehab-driven initiative using advanced equipment and rehabilitative techniques specifically designed to address the unique challenges facing patients with neurological conditions.

Pathway to Thrive Utilizes State-Of-The-Art Equipment

At St. John’s Health Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility, our goal is to help our patients become stronger and develop greater independence. Through Thrive, we meet each patient where they are, and design protocols based on their individual goals and lifestyle. Thrive looks at the total person, addressing recovery, wellness, and prevention.

Our award-winning team utilizes specialized rehabilitative equipment, purchased in part thanks to a Craig H. Neilsen Foundation grant. This equipment helps patients target functional goals and supports a variety of therapies.

  • Xcite: Xcite uses functional electrical stimulation (FES), to recover loss of movement when someone is fully or partially paralyzed. Xcite can help patients recover the ability to move their legs, arms, or core. Pre-programmed sequences take the patient through a variety of tasks, such as grasping, feeding, and standing from a seated position. Why this is important: Specific functional practice can make a marked difference in recovery for stroke or traumatic brain injury patients. The greatest mobility gains after a stroke happen within the first six months. Xcite promotes re-learning and optimizes neuroplasticity (the brain’s ability to make new pathways).
  • Allard Toe Off Ground Reaction AFO Fit Kit: The Fit Kit is an ultra-light, high-performance orthotic that can be used during gait-training with therapy. This custom-built brace is worn on the foot or lower leg, providing support and proper joint alignment of the foot and ankle. Why this is important: These ankle braces help improve walking when someone has leg weakness or partial paralysis. Ankle-foot orthotics are used by people with foot drop, which can be caused by stroke, multiple sclerosis, or spinal cord injury. AFOs can also be used to improve walking after an orthopedic spine condition that caused nerve damage. Our staff can assess your need and begin the buying process for your AFO Fit Kit.
  • LiteGait Bodyweight Supported Treadmill training, LG 400: This harness and treadmill system minimizes the weight bearing of the patient while still achieving high-intensity gait training sessions. This harness can allow a patient to practice walking and other challenging balance tasks while eliminating the risk of falls. Why this is important: Current research supports high repetition, faster speed, and increased intensity during walking to improve gait function. This system is adaptable. It can be used on the treadmill, detached from the treadmill to be used in the hallways, and even used outdoors on slightly uneven surfaces.
  • BodiTrak2 Pressure Mapping System: This integrated computer system and biofeedback plate is used for pressure mapping. Why this is important: This technology is an educational tool for performing pressure relief maneuvers to reduce pressure sores and keep skin healthy. The mapping system also aides in wheelchair cushion selection.

In addition to our modern equipment, St. John’s Health has a collaborative partnership with local sports nonprofit Teton Adaptive. Our patients benefit from adaptive biking and skiing introductions and fittings, thanks to this collaboration.

Modern Rehabilitation Facility

A dedicated Medical Director oversees a multi-disciplinary team and every aspect of patient care at our facility on the main campus of St. John’s Health. We continuously measure patient progress with a focus on helping each patient gain a sense of independence. Our patients benefit from three hours of therapy daily and around-the-clock nursing care.

Not everyone has the financial resources to make frequent trips to large urban areas for their rehabilitation. We will continue to be on the cutting edge for treating patients needing highly specialized care, here in rural Jackson. Local and regional residents requiring intensive rehab for neurological conditions can now recover close to home. The beautiful landscape, and having supportive family and friends nearby, aids recovery.

Defining Neurological Injuries

Almost 18,000 people each year suffer a spinal cord injury and about 300,000 Americans live with spinal cord injuries. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, car crashes are the No. 1 cause, yet sports and recreational accidents are also common, especially in Jackson with its world-famous outdoor activities.

Our skilled team treats a range of neurological conditions, including but not limited to the following:

  • Spinal Cord
  • Stroke
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Skull Fractures
  • Cerebral Contusions
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vestibular Disorders
  • Multiple Sclerosis

Jackson’s Premier Location for Inpatient Recovery

Living in a rural community like Jackson no longer means long drives to receive top-notch healthcare and therapies. You can trust the experience and knowledge of our staff to provide exceptional treatment, no matter your neurological challenge.

Our committed care extends to providing extensive and detailed caregiver training prior to discharge for a smoother transition back to the home setting. Our team can also travel with the patient to conduct home safety evaluations to reduce the risk of falls in the patient’s home and ensure that they have the optimal adaptive equipment for home safety and maximum independence.

Need additional information about our Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility and Thrive? Call us at (307) 739-4917to learn more.