Paralysis and Spinal Cord Injury Medical Expert Interviews

Spinal Cord Injury Basics

Interview with David Chen, M.D. (19 Q&A videos)


Medical Director, Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Chicago


Nationally recognized spinal cord injury expert, Dr. David Chen answers all the basic questions about spinal cord injury with detailed answers about spinal cord injury levels, surgery and recovery. He begins with detailed information about how the spinal cord works. Dr. Chen demonstrates how damage to the spinal cord affects each part of the body. He explains what the diagnosis of a complete or incomplete spinal cord injury means to the patient.  He also gives detailed information about surgical procedures, how long it may take to regain feeling and function in arms and legs, how to choose a rehabilitation facility, information on stem cell therapies, and how to find a doctor that specializes in spinal cord injury.


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Medical Director, Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago