Meet Our Patients

You want to recover what’s most important in your life — be it mobility, independence or walking again. Together we reach for those goals.

Brad the Bullet Baker

Brad's Story: Back on the Bike

Brad “The Bullet” Baker is a leading flat track racer. On July 22, he sustained a spinal cord injury at the Minneapolis X Games. His recovery at AbilityLab has brought him back to the bike.

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Chris and Walter

Patient with Quadriplegia and Aspiring Doctor Reflects on Care

Chris Connolly is a brilliant medical student. He's also a quadriplegic — and the person who may change the way we think about doctors

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Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab one of only 14 federally designated "Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems" Center. We help our patients return to the community and maximizing functional abilities while fostering independence.

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How We Heal

Doctors and nurses in our Spinal Cord Innovation Center provide specialized rehabilitation & care. Our state-of-the-art Ability Labs infuse science into treatment and therapy. The goal: helping you get your life back.

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Spinal Cord Innovation Center

We continue conducting clinical trials to facilitate neurologic repair and recovery. Research includes pharmacotherapeutic interventions, application of biologic materials, and stem-cell therapies.

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Legs + Walking Lab

This Lab is designed for patients and research participants with diagnoses affecting lower-body function due to brain or spinal cord injury and diseases of the nerves, muscles and bones. Researchers and clinicians focus on advancing trunk, pelvic and leg function, movement, coordination, strength and balance.

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Arms + Hands Lab

The two-story Harris Family Foundation Arms + Hands Lab is a robust environment designed for patients and research participants working on recovering and strengthening complex hand and reaching skills — turning a key, picking up a pen, reaching for a glass, putting on a sweater…all the many things we do with our hands, arms and fingers.

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Strength + Endurance Lab

This Lab is designed for patients and research participants working on building stamina and resilience. Therapy is targeted to improve complex motor and endurance activities, coordination and higher-level activities of daily living (cooking, dressing, gardening, sports).

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Pediatric Lab

Pediatric patients (inpatient and outpatient) work with doctors, researchers and therapists in this kid-customized Pediatric Lab, scaled for smaller bodies, developing brains and appealing to young imaginations. 

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Our doctors, therapists and scientists are leaders in their fields. We bring together these experts with the most advanced medical research and technology to give you superior care and the greatest chance for your best outcome.

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Science-Driven Care

With more than 350 clinical studies under way — several specifically dedicated to improving recovery from damage to the vertebrae and spinal cord — we offer you access to the world’s most advanced research, which can directly impact your recovery.

Assistive & Rehabilitation Robotics Lab

We incorporate robotics autonomy and intelligence into assistive machines to support people with motor impairments.

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Clinical Trials and Research Studies


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