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Spinal cord injury services


Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute continues to be the leader for spinal cord injury rehabilitative care in Minnesota and in the upper midwest region of the US. Our physician-directed, comprehensive team approach to neurologic rehabilitation provides our patients with the ability to regain as much independence as possible. CKRI’s spinal cord injury services span three inpatient care centers, five outpatient centers and a full array of community-based programming focused on fitness and returning to the community.

As part of the comprehensive programming we offer, our RN care coordination and social work services follow patients from admission to inpatient rehabilitation through the first-year post-injury to ensure that all opportunities for ongoing recovery are explored. With a team-based approach to patient-centered care, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute provides a continuum for spinal cord injury rehabilitation that is unmatched elsewhere in the region.

The team is led by medical director James Spendley, DO and Amanda Miller, DO. Both providers are board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians who are also specialty board-certified in spinal cord injury rehabilitation medicine.

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Partnering with you towards your recovery

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute provides a comprehensive and personalized program for your recovery. Our coordinated care team of experts cares for individuals with all levels of spinal cord injuries. Helping you to understand your diagnosis, provide treatment options throughout your health journey and follow-up care. Our approach centers on tailoring care to meet your individual goals to optimize recovery and well-being. 

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Advanced technology

Our clinic sites boast the latest in technology for neurologic rehabilitation including; Lokomats, Eksokeletons (Ekso and Re-Walk), neuromuscular electrical stimulation devices, Armeo, virtual reality, assistive technology including environmental controls and the ABLE Program (Activity-Based Locomotor Exercise Program located on our Golden Valley campus).

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Getting back to what you enjoy!

Beyond the health care walls, you can find opportunities to achieve physical and emotional fitness, participate in hobbies and activities you enjoy! Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute offers a number of activities ranging from fitness classes, aquatics classes, competitive and recreational sports, and support groups.


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After a spinal cord injury, you may experience a wide range of symptoms, from weakness and loss of muscle function to loss of sensation, breathing problems and difficulty controlling your bowel and bladder. The physical and emotional challenges of the illness can feel overwhelming. If you or a loved one has experienced a spinal cord injury, rehabilitation and specialized treatment are key to getting back to leading a productive, independent life. Our comprehensive rehabilitation, education and support can help you and your family begin to cope, find hope and thrive.

Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute (CKRI) provides acute inpatient rehabilitation for patients recovering from a spinal cord injury. For more information about inpatient care and referrals, call 612-863-4457.

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Sub-acute inpatient care is available through the Transitional Rehabilitation Program (TRP) at our CKRI facility in Golden Valley. This site is licensed as a skilled nursing facility (SNF) and is specific to the care of individuals with neurologic disorders including spinal cord injury. Therapy is provided at an intensity that best fits your needs and goals. For more information about the Transitional Rehabilitation Program (TRP), call 612-775-2837.

Outpatient services

Our comprehensive outpatient programs focus on your continued recovery, stimulating neurologic recovery to help you learn new skills and managing symptoms to improve your day-to-day function and regain as much independence as possible. A referral from a provider is needed for most services.

To schedule an initial therapy appointment, call 612-262-7900.

To schedule an outpatient Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician appointment, call 612-863-4495.

Community services

A wide range of community services are available to help you get back to living, working and playing as independently as possible. These include:

Specialty services

Additional specialty services are available for inpatient, outpatient and community settings - helping you address your individual needs. These include:

  • Advanced primary care clinic
  • Rehabilitation psychology services
  • Pain management
  • Wound Clinic
  • Specialty wheelchair and equipment clinics
  • Spasticity management including Baclofen pump management

Care coordination services

We have dedicated spinal cord injury RN Care Coordinators and Social Workers for both inpatient and outpatient services, ensuring that all questions are answered and all patient's needs are being met as they recover from their spinal cord injury.


CKRI is part of the Minnesota Regional SCI Model System of Care;Minnesota Regional Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems.

This is one of 14 U.S. spinal cord model systems of care that received 5-year research funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research.

The collaboration represents an extraordinary achievement for MN rehabilitation researchers and an important opportunity to expand innovation and new knowledge development in the service of people with SCI who live in MN, North and South Dakota and Wisconsin.

We are one of six national Community Fitness and Wellness Centers of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation's Neuro Recovery Network. The Centers use standardized, activity-based fitness and wellness equipment and techniques with care based on current scientific and clinical evidence.

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Allina Health Everyday Clinic

This is a retail clinic location. We offer basic services for minor injuries and illnesses for patients 18 months and older. We do not see visits for workers' or injury compensation.

From the list below, please select the condition that best describes what you would like to be seen for. If you do not see what you are looking for, please visit an Urgent Care location or schedule a visit with your primary care provider.
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Everyday On Wheels

Everyday On Wheels mobile clinic is not wheel chair accessible due to the size of the vehicle. Patients should be able to safely climb a short set of stairs to enter the mobile clinic.

Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time and have your mobile phone available for the provider to contact you when they are ready to see you.

We've changed how we provide some services with your care and safety in mind. Expanded virtual care services are available to schedule online. You can also call your clinic for help finding the best option.

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What’s the reason for your visit?

Only these primary care appointments can be scheduled online. For all other appointments or with any questions, call 1-888-425-5462.

Health insurance coverage for physicals varies depending on your plan. Contact your insurance provider to verify coverage, especially if you've scheduled less than a year from your last physical exam.

What’s the reason for your visit?

Only these primary care appointments can be scheduled online. For all other appointments or with any questions, call 1-888-425-5462.

Health insurance coverage for physicals varies depending on your plan. Contact your insurance provider to verify coverage, especially if you've scheduled less than a year from your last physical exam.