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Emory Center for Rehabilitation

Emory Center for Rehabilitation

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1441 Clifton Road, NE Atlanta, GA 30322


The Spinal Cord Injury Program is an acute rehabilitation program providing comprehensive, coordinated and integrated services to patients who present with spinal cord injury. Injuries may be the result of motor vehicle accidents, falls, spinal stenosis or disease. The purpose of the Spinal Cord Program is to restore each individual to the highest level of independent functioning within the limits imposed by injury to the spinal cord.

Our clinical program focuses on:

  • Medical management
  • Interdisciplinary intervention
  • Early involvement of family and friends
  • Strengthening and conditioning
  • Early comprehensive discharge planning
  • Restoration or adaptation of individual functional skills
  • Integration of these skills into effective routines for daily living
  • Development of coping strategies for patients and their families
  • Community re-integration

Admission criteria:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • A medical condition requiring an intensive rehabilitation program
  • The ability to participate in at least three hours of therapy a day
  • A support system committed to participating in decision making conferences and education
  • An identified discharge plan

Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injury can result in paralysis of the muscles used for breathing; paralysis and/or loss of feeling in all or some of the trunk, arms, and legs; weakness; numbness; loss of bowel and bladder control; and numerous secondary conditions including respiratory problems, pressure sores, and sometimes fatal spikes in blood pressure. Approximately 12,000 new spinal cord injuries occur in the U.S. each year. A majority of injuries occur from motor vehicle accidents, falls, work-related accidents, sports injuries, and penetrations such as stab or gunshot wounds.

Our Membership Community

Our membership community provides a lifeline for many individuals that are focused on regaining their independence and improving their quality of life––whether they are leaving rehab after sustaining a spinal cord injury, learning to live with symptoms of a spinal cord disorder, or have spent years of frustration coping with disability. We provide members guidance and resources on a variety of topics they are passionate about, such as employment, affordable housing, transportation, health care, home- and community-based independent living, education, peer support, and leisure and recreation.
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