While no single center provides are the modalities available for the enhancement of function, our society includes several centers which practice different aspects of restorative neurology. Through these centers different modalities are available to enhance functional recovery.
Center for Neurophysiology and Restorative Neurology
University of California, San Diego
Department of Neuroscience and Division of Neurosurgery
The CNRN at UCSD provides the most current neurophysiological techniques for the evaluation of the impaired extremity. Brachial plexus injuries are a focus of the center and novel interventions including nerve transfers are made available to patients for the best functional recovery. Nerve reconstruction to improve lower extremity function in cauda equina syndrome is also available.
Application of nerve transfers to hand dysfunction caused by spinal cord injury is also being developed at the center. These techniques will provide functional interventions for restoring arm and hand function for injuries as high as C5. Additionally, the center specializes in the treatment of spasticity. Emphasis is placed upon the use of botulinum toxin as well as the implementation of peripheral neurotomies in order to select discrete nerve branches that are the greatest contributors to spastic extremity dysfunction.
Clinical research at the center includes the development of nerve transfers for recovery of the stroke-impaired hand and for the recovery of continence as a result of sacral nerve injury.
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 and brain injury. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. Shepherd Center is a 132-bed facility. Last year Shepherd admitted 947 people to its inpatient programs and 538 people to its day patient programs. In addition, Shepherd sees more than 6,000 people annually on an outpatient basis. Patients at Shepherd Center get more than just medical care; they get an experience that brings healing and hope. Shepherd takes a team approach to rehabilitation. We understand that patients are going through more than just recovery from an injury; they are learning a new way of life. We work with each person to draw up a blueprint for rehabilitation, tapping into state-of-the-art medical care and comprehensive educational services. We also serve as an ambassador to help patients navigate their journey over a lifetime. At Shepherd Center, we are a family, working together to help patients and their families obtain the care they need plus so much more.
Other Current Centers
Several clinical centers around the world currently are engaged in Restorative Neurology Activity. Please contact the Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org to have your center added to this list.