Secondary Complications for Rehabilitation

Complications Following Spinal Cord or Brain Injury

Some patients require special care when they arrive at Shepherd Center. Patients often experience complications resulting from spinal cord injury, brain injury or a neuromuscular disorder. To ensure the best outcome, all secondary conditions must be addressed before a patient begins rigorous rehabilitation.

Shepherd Center’s facilities treat patients in need of medical or surgical interventions to address secondary complications from an injury or degenerative disease. Our Intensive Care Unit (ICU) offers treatment for patients requiring a higher level of care.

Secondary Complications Specialty Services

Get treatment for common secondary complications that occur following a spinal cord or brain injury. These common complications include:

  • Pressure sores
  • Urological complications
  • Gastrointestinal complications
  • Respiratory disease (i.e., pneumonia)
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Tendon transfers
  • Spasticity management

Programs Addressing Secondary Complications

Shepherd Center also offers patients concentrated medical care in these programs:

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

Patients who require an increased level of care at Shepherd Center receive treatment in our Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Additional monitoring, advanced medical interventions and frequent assessments also occurs for admitted ICU patients.

Skin Program

The skin program treats patients with skin complications or who require reconstructive surgery. A patient admitted for skin surgery stays for about four weeks.