Brain injury rehabilitation
Northwell Health Rehabilitation Network provides intensive brain injury evaluation and treatment from experienced therapists in a nurturing environment.
Immediate treatment after traumatic brain injury or sudden illness is essential to maintaining or restoring normal brain function. Even after the initial medical intervention, follow-up care may be required. Brain injury rehabilitation is for the treatment of:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Brain injury related to oxygen deprivation
- Brain tumors
- Brain injury accompanying spinal cord injury
Patients are treated under the guidance of board-certified physiatrists (doctors specializing in physical rehabilitation). A team of licensed brain injury rehabilitation professionals work individually with patients and their families to develop specific treatment plans.
Each patient spends approximately three hours a day in active physical, speech and occupational brain injury rehabilitation therapy. They may also receive an hour a day of neuropsychological therapy for:
- Cognitive abnormalities, or disorders in thinking, remembering and organizing
- Memory impairment
- Problem-solving dysfunction
- Lack of inhibition
- Lack of motivation
- Decreased intellectual ability
- Decreased attention span
The brain injury rehabilitation program places special emphasis on preparing patients to re-enter their communities safely and to take the next steps in rehabilitation. Patients learn strategies to make the most of their gains and to compensate for reduced or lost abilities. Providing family support and teaching families supportive skills are priorities.
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.
Patients having difficulty with balance and dizziness may take part in the balance and vestibular rehabilitation program where complex technologies are used to evaluate balance, inner ear function, and risk of falling. Therapists use these evaluations to create individual brain injury rehabilitation treatment and special exercise programs designed to 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