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Shepherd Center adolesent SCI rehab-12-21 years

Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Programs for Young Patients Age 12 and Older

It’s hard enough being a teenager. But what about being a teen who has to cope with the effects of a life-altering accident or illness? At Shepherd Center, medical treatment focuses on returning adolescents with spinal cord injuries to the highest possible level of functioning and independence. Watch the video to learn more about adolescent spinal cord injury rehabilitation at Shepherd Center.


Teen Camaraderie

Each year, more than 100 adolescents, ages 12 to 21, come to Shepherd Center for spinal cord injury rehabilitation from all over the country. They or their families choose Shepherd for its specialized treatment teams, age-appropriate therapy, and expertise in treating teens and young adults with spinal cord injuries.

The Adolescent Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Program follows Shepherd Center's goal of returning patients to the highest possible level of functioning and independence, while addressing adolescents' needs for autonomy, privacy and control.

Hallmarks of the adolescent spinal cord injury rehabilitation program include:

Adolescent Spinal Cord Rehabilitation and Academics

Staying on track academically is extremely important for teens with a spinal cord or brain injury. More than 90% of our spinal cord-injured adolescent patients return to school within two weeks of discharge. Of those, 95% graduate on time with their class and with their pre-injury GPA. For adolescents and teens with a brain injury, 95% return to school within three to six months.

Return-to-School Program

Many families wonder how rehabilitation for teens may affect their schooling. Adolescents rely on school experiences and positive peer interactions for much of their self-esteem and growth. Shepherd Center has developed a program called No Obstacles for teens with spinal cord injuries to facilitate the back-to-school transition.

Designed in part by the individual patient, the program can include in-school awareness and sensitivity training for school staff and students, as well as instruction in medical issues that may arise during the school day. Support from our donors makes this program available to most teen patients at no cost.

Patient Stories of Hope

Patients in the Adolescent Spinal Cord Injury Program share their stories and speak about their experiences with Shepherd Center. Watch the videos to hear how three adolescents achieved their best outcomes in our spinal cord injury rehabilitation program for teens.


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