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Common Complications After Discharge from Rehabilitation for Brain and Spinal Cord Injury

Shepherd staff physiatrist discusses diagnosis and treatment

Secondary complications are a major health issue for people living with brain and spinal cord injury. Secondary conditions are negative health outcomes that occur as a direct result of a disability. The most common secondary conditions for these patients are pressure sores, respiratory complications, urinary tract infections, spasticity and neuropathic pain.

In a new podcast with Shepherd Center RadioAngela Beninga, D.O., a staff physiatrist in Shepherd Center’s Multispecialty Clinic and the director of Shepherd Center’s Spinal Cord Injury Day Program, discusses diagnosis and treatment for these common conditions.

Dr. Beninga joined Shepherd Center’s medical staff in 2012. She came to Shepherd from the University of Cincinnati’s Drake Center, where she served as director of spinal cord injury medicine and as an assistant professor. Dr. Beninga earned her medical degree from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. She completed her internship at Ingham Regional Medical Center in Lansing, Michigan, and then completed a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Michigan State University and a spinal cord injury rehabilitation fellowship at the University of Michigan.

About Shepherd Center

Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Ga., is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury or brain injury. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation and is a 152-bed facility. Last year Shepherd Center had 965 admissions to its inpatient programs and 571 to its day patient programs. In addition, Shepherd Center sees more than 6,600 people annually on an outpatient basis. For more information, visit Shepherd Center online at