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Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Brain Injury Rehabilitation Treatment

Patients should receive brain injury rehabilitation as soon as possible after injury or sudden illness and receive intensive brain injury evaluation and treatment ifrom experienced therapists in a nurturing environment. They are treated under the guidance of a board-certified physiatrist (a doctor specializing in physical rehabilitation). A team of licensed brain injury rehabilitation professionals will work individually with our patients and their families.

Brain injury rehabilitation is for the treatment of:

  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Brain injury related to oxygen deprivation
  • Brain tumors
  • Aneurysms
  • Infections
  • Brain injury accompanying spinal cord injury

After the physiatrist examines each patient, a treatment plan is developed. The patients will spend three hours a day in active physical, speech, and occupational brain injury rehabilitation therapy, as their conditions permit. They also may receive an hour a day of neuropsychological therapy for:

  • Cognitive abnormalities, or disorders in thinking, remembering, and organizing information
  • Memory impairment
  • Problem-solving dysfunction
  • Lack of inhibition
  • Lack of motivation
  • Decreased intellectual ability
  • Decreased attention span
  • Brain injury rehabilitation

Patients also will learn strategies to make the most of their gains and to compensate for reduced or lost abilities. The brain injury rehabilitation program places special emphasis on preparing patients to re-enter their communities safely and take the next steps in rehabilitation. Providing family support and teaching families supportive skills are priorities.

Patients having difficulty with balance and dizziness may take part in the balance and vestibular rehabilitation program in which therapists use complex technologies to evaluate balance, inner ear function, and risk of falling, and then design a brain injury rehabilitation treatment program. Special exercise programs can relieve vertigo and dizziness, improve balance, and prevent falls.

The program can benefit persons with:

  • Inner ear disorders
  • Elderly disequilibrium
  • Chronic falls
  • Stroke involving the balance centers of the brain
  • Early Parkinson's disease
  • Mild traumatic brain injury
  • Post-concussive syndrome
  • Other balance system disorders
  • Recreation therapy

Brain injury rehabilitation incorporates recreation therapy into daily activities using crafts, games, music, and discussions of current events to reinforce what patients learn in other therapies and to develop skills in social activities.