Shepherd Center Debuts Video Featuring its Adolescent Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Rehabilitation Programs
Shepherd Center recently released a new video highlighting its adolescent spinal cord and brain injury rehabilitation programs. The video features patients and their family members, as well as physicians and staff members who work with Shepherd’s adolescent patients. It showcases the program’s focus on returning teens to the highest possible level of function and independence.
“One of our goals is to keep them on that developmental track, and a huge part of that is being around your peers, getting motivated by your peers, seeing what they’re doing,” says Brian Tanner, PT, DPT, physical therapist in the adolescent spinal cord injury program.
Adolescent rehabilitation at Shepherd Center includes a physician-led treatment team dedicated to adolescent patients, individual rehabilitation sessions in the same therapy gym as other teens, teen-only support groups and community outings. An on-staff teacher is also available to keep patients up to date on schoolwork.
“You’re not alone in a situation like this,” says Kyrese Ricks, a patient in the adolescent brain injury program. “You’ve got people here who will understand.”
Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neuromuscular conditions. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. In its more than four decades, Shepherd Center has grown from a six-bed rehabilitation unit to a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital that treats more than 743 inpatients, 277 day program patients and more than 7,161 outpatients each year in more than 46,000 visits.