Recovery at Schwab

Our Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation team is led by doctors who have specialty board certification in treating people with these injuries. We’re known throughout the Midwest for our high level of expertise and comprehensive, quality services for people who have sustained a traumatic or non-traumatic spinal cord injury.

Meet Michael

Following his spinal cord injury, Michael Rodgers displays an incredible amount of perseverance and resilience during his stay at Schwab. He’s determined to walk without any assistance. His experience at Schwab provides hope that one day he will be able to do just that. Watch the video to learn more about his inpatient rehabilitation at Schwab.

Your Team

What makes the Spinal Cord Injury team exceptional is our experience. Each year, our team treats more than 130 people with new spinal cord injuries, helping each person regain as much function as possible. Your care will be tailored to your specific level and type of injury. The team will work with you to create a treatment plan that addresses your needs and expectations.

Each week, team members meet to review your progress. Who’s on your team?

  • Board-certified doctors who specialize in rehabilitation medicine and spinal cord injuries
  • Nurses with rehabilitation training
  • Rehabilitation therapists (occupational, physical, speech, recreational)
  • Neuropsychologists and rehabilitation psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Registered dietitians

Your Injury

Each year, about 12,500 people in the United States experience a spinal cord injury, according to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center. Many others have spinal cord injuries due to medical issues, including:

  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Demyelinating disorders
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • Immunosuppressive disorders
  • Infectious disorders
  • Laminectomy fusion
  • Multiple sclerosis

Preparing for Independence

You’re no doubt feeling anxious and wondering what your life will be like. While we can’t promise you will recover completely, we pledge to do everything we can to help you regain your independence.

We have three customized inpatient therapy gyms, including one that has a low-stimulation environment. They provide safe and nurturing spaces where you can work with therapists and other clinicians. You’ll participate in three hours of combined therapy daily, at least five days a week.

Schwab has specialized rehabilitation equipment to support your recovery, including systems to help you stand and walk as well as assistive devices to help make tasks easier. There’s a therapy pool where you can work on improving your balance, flexibility and strength. You’ll practice kitchen skills and other everyday activities in our therapy apartment.

Maximizing your Potential

Our program is unique because it offers services and opportunities for your lifetime. Using a holistic approach, we don’t concentrate only on your physical healing. We also address your emotional and psychological needs. Our Peer Mentoring Program provides opportunities for you to talk with people who’ve also experienced a spinal cord injury. The education we provide for your family and other caregivers helps you return home safely and confidently.

Beyond Inpatient Treatment

Schwab provides outpatient programs to help you continue your recovery. Your team will work with you to recommend therapy and services, so you can live as independently as possible.

Why Schwab?

It’s your right to choose where you receive rehabilitation services. Why select Schwab? Because one size does not fit all for spinal cord injury recovery. Every patient has different needs, but there’s one common thread: The sooner you begin vigorous rehabilitation, the better your recovery will be. And, from the moment you arrive, we’re focused on helping you maximize your independence.

Meet Jonathan

Jonathan Annick was a Schwab patient who now mentors others with spinal cord injuries at our hospital. To learn more about his experience, click the video to watch his story (credit: Associated Press).

Contact Us

1401 S. California Ave.
Chicago, IL 60608




P: 773.565.3900
F: 773.762.8535

Join Our Team

Clinical Staff

Our world-class rehabilitation team members come together for our patients, for our community, and for each other. We commit to community-driven care – making sure everyone has the ability to live a healthy, vibrant life.


Our future starts with you. Through diversity in our patient population, residents, rotation sites, and dedicated teaching attendings, our PM&R Residency Program provides an outstanding residency experience — and an outstanding patient experience as well.

Schwab is a member of the Sinai Chicago network of care. Learn more about Sinai Chicago

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Appointments & Referrals

To make an appointment or to refer a patient. please call 773.522.2010