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Shepherd Center, Inc. – Southeastern Regional Spinal Cord Injury Model System

Shepherd Center, Inc. – Southeastern Regional Spinal Cord Injury Model System

Shepherd Center treats a high volume of spinal cord injury (SCI) patients with any level of injury, including those who are ventilator dependent or have a dual diagnosis of spinal cord and brain injury. Shepherd Center has specialized treatment teams for patients age 12 – 64, as well as for patients who require medical/surgical care from secondary complications.

Simply put, Shepherd Center’s staff of more than 1,500 is made up of truly talented, caring and compassionate individuals. Our spinal cord injury unit has multiple treatment teams consisting of the following rehabilitation and medical team members: the attending physician, nurse, occupational therapist, physical therapist, speech language pathologist, recreation therapist, case manager, peer support specialist, nutritionist and psychologist. A typical inpatient stay can last anywhere from four to six weeks.

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2020 Peachtree Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30309-1465

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.

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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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