Secondary Complications

Some patients require special care when they arrive at Shepherd Center due to complications resulting from spinal cord injury, brain injury or a neuromuscular disorder. It is critical that all secondary conditions be fully addressed before a patient begins rigorous rehabilitation.

Shepherd Center’s facilities are equipped to treat patients who require medical or surgical interventions due to secondary complications resulting from an injury or degenerative disease. We have an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for patients who require a higher  level of care.

Specialty services include the treatment of:

  • Pressure sores

  • Urological complications

  • Gastrointestinal complications

  • Respiratory disease (i.e., pneumonia)

  • Deep vein thrombosis

  • Tendon transfers

  • Spasticity management

Patients may receive concentrated medical care in one or more of the following programs.

Intensive Care Unit  (ICU)

Shepherd Center's Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is available to patients who require an increased level of care. Patients are admitted to the ICU for additional monitoring, advanced medical interventions and frequent assessments.

Skin Program

The skin program is geared to patients who have skin complications or who require reconstructive surgery. The average length of stay for a patient admitted for skin surgery is four weeks.