What You'll Experience in our Spinal Cord Injury Program

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 rehabilitation 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, dietitian, and a psychologist or counselor. A typical inpatient stay can last anywhere from four to six weeks. 

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When patients arrive at Shepherd Center, they're greeted by our admissions office staff, assigned to a team and escorted to their rooms in the therapy unit. You'll meet all your team members within the first 24 hours of arrival.

If you are admitted as a patient directly to our ICU, you'll meet the ICU medical and rehabilitation staff first, and move to the therapy unit when you're ready. Staff will determine the appropriate course for your spinal cord injury rehabilitation, and you'll begin working with your treatment team immediately to establish short- and long-term rehabilitation goals.

Your attending physician and dedicated nurses will assist you with any medical needs you may have so that you'll be at your best to focus on making progress in therapy. Your case manager will work with you and your family from day one to make sure all the necessary arrangements are in place for you to leave the inpatient unit confident and prepared for your next step.

Our Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program

Therapy begins first thing in the morning, with each patient getting out of bed and managing his or her morning routine in preparation for a full day of therapy. Your team will work together with you and your family to coordinate your care, set goals and track your progress.

Our therapists will teach you the skills you'll need to get through a normal day, making adjustments along the way to promote recovery. This includes everything from grooming and dressing to managing your schedule and working with others.

Mobility training is an important part of the therapy program. This includes learning how to use any device to assist with your mobility. Individual and group outings into the surrounding neighborhood will help you practice skills you'll need in your own community.

Come prepared to learn about spinal cord injury and recovery.

Your counselor and education coordinators will begin mandatory training classes for patients and family members. You will learn about spinal cord injury, its consequences and how to care for yourself as independently as possible. 

Our goal is to provide you with all the education you'll need to feel comfortable and confident when you are discharged from Shepherd Center and return home.

Our patients go on to achieve some of the greatest functional improvements from the time they are admitted to the time they are discharged when compared to similar facilities and national statistics. In fact, we post our patient outcomes right here on our website (most facilities don't do this) to help inform you as you consider your rehabilitation options. Read about our patient outcomes.