Brain Injuries

Our Brain Injury rehab offers comprehensive care to address physical dysfunction, cognitive impairments, and behavioral issues. Our therapists have specialized skills and training designed to help them recognize the unique needs of an individual who has experienced a brain injury and provide consistent and structured rehabilitation. 

To help patients regain the most function possible after a brain injury, our therapists work with each patient to implement a therapy plan designed to maximize potential and complement medical interventions by adhering to an interdisciplinary team approach to care.

Loss of Function and Common Problems

The loss of function following a brain injury is different for every person. Loss of function is mainly due to:

  • The parts of the brain injured
  • How much of the brain tissue was damaged
  • How much bleeding and swelling occurred from the injury
  • Age
  • Other medical conditions
  • History of a prior brain injury
  • Loss of consciousness

Some of the most common problems experienced by patients after brain injury include:

  • Weakness or total loss of movement
  • Numbness, pain or odd sensations
  • Decreased ability to concentrate on tasks
  • Difficulty with swallowing
  • Difficulty with speech – not able to find the “right” word to say
  • Difficulty coordinating movements
  • Difficulty balancing
  • Problems with memory
  • Problems with planning and making decisions
  • Poor safety awareness
  • Difficulty controlling emotions 
  • Agitation or confusion

Just as no two people are alike, no two brain injuries are alike. Treatment and rehabilitation vary from individual to individual. Our therapists are experts in providing individualized, specialized and advanced brain injury rehabilitation.

Rehab in an Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital 

Rehabilitation involves multiple medical team members, including physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, rehabilitation nurses, social workers, case managers, and physical, occupational, and speech therapists. 

Therapy may include: 

  • Physical therapy to work on core stabilization, balance, walking and transfers 
  • Occupational therapy to work on dressing, feeding, bathing and other self-care skills 
  • Speech therapy to work on swallowing, diet recommendations, speech, memory and self-awareness 

We use standardized improvement measures to track our patient outcomes to ensure that we are providing evidence-based services that are best suited to assist our patients in making the highest functional gains possible during their therapy. These measures include length of stay, discharge destination and return to acute care. 

Caregiver Support 

Family, caregivers, and friends are critical in the recovery process following a brain injury and should be an integral part of the rehab process. Providing care for a person with a brain injury can be a very stressful and frustrating time. It is critical for caregivers to remember to pay attention to their own personal needs while supporting the needs of the brain injury survivor. 

An important component of our rehabilitation program is the support provided to the patient, family, and caregivers, by any member of our rehab team. Team members are prepared to provide family members with information and/or additional resources throughout the rehabilitation process. 

Family education about prognosis, how to help a loved one, and how caregivers can get help for themselves is critically important to us.