Neurological Rehabilitation

When the brain is injured, it often requires re-learning how to do things. This can be hard work and requires support from family, friends and a qualified health care team. 

The Banner Health neurological rehabilitation department can help. Our collaborative, multidisciplinary team uses the most advanced medical and rehabilitation services to treat a variety of sensory, motor, cognitive and behavioral issues. Our care team builds each patient an individualized treatment plan, and delivers it through integrated, compassionate care, focusing on helping patients regain their independence. 

What is Neurological Rehabilitation?

A neurological disorder may be due to an injury to the brain or spinal cord, a disease or a health event, and can cause physical impairments and disabilities. Neurological rehabilitation helps patients with nervous system or neurological disorders improve function, reduce symptoms, regain mobility, build strength and endurance and improve overall well-being.

Banner Physical Therapy’s neurological rehabilitation team builds each patient a customized treatment plan, which includes care from experts across multiple disciplines to address all aspects of the neurological condition and maximize recovery.

Who Can Benefit from Neurological Rehabilitation?

Many different types of patients can benefit from neurological rehabilitation. Every condition is different, but common symptoms neurological rehabilitation can help to treat include:

  • Trouble completing daily activities
  • Muscle weakness
  • Difficulty walking
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Problems with memory, thinking
  • Vision issues
  • Pain

Patients with injuries, infections, structural defects, degenerative diseases, vascular diseases, memory disorders, movement disorders, neuromuscular disorders and other diagnoses may benefit from neurological rehabilitation. This may include patients with:

  • Alzheimer disease
  • Aneurysm
  • Bell’s palsy 
  • Brain or spinal cord injury
  • Brain or spinal cord tumor
  • Concussion 
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Dystonia
  • Epilepsy
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome 
  • Herniated disc
  • Meningitis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Stroke

How Does Neurological Rehabilitation Work?

The goal of neurological rehabilitation is to enhance your quality of life – physically, emotionally and socially. Banner Health’s neurological rehabilitation team is dedicated to helping patients achieve the skills necessary to function as independently as possible.

Banner Health’s neurological rehabilitation program is designed for a patient’s individual needs. We focus on activities of daily living, such as eating, dressing and bathing as well as incorporate many other treatments and therapies including:

  • Speech therapy (speaking, reading, writing, swallowing)
  • Activities to improve cognitive impairments
  • Bladder and bowel retraining
  • Exercise programs
  • Activities to improve movement, muscle control, walking and balance
  • Occupational therapy
  • Vision therapy
  • Vestibular rehabilitation
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Pain management
  • Training with assistive devices
  • Education and counseling
  • Stress, anxiety, and depression management
  • Social and behavioral skills

Banner Health’s neurological rehabilitation team includes highly skilled physical therapists, occupational therapists, physiatrists, neuropsychologists, speech-language pathologists, therapeutic recreation specialists and others, working in collaboration to ensure each patient receives effective, personalized care.

What to Expect from Neurological Rehabilitation

Our team takes a comprehensive approach to your treatment and recovery. Our goal is to regain your overall mobility, health, and independence, including helping to improve your communication, memory and self-image.

Following your initial evaluation, we work with you to develop an individualized care plan to maximize your comfort and speed your progress. This may include inpatient and/or outpatient visits as well as at-home exercises. Your program is tailored to help you return safely to normal activities such as working on sitting, balance, walking, getting out of a bed or chair, swallowing, nutrition, speech, memory and other activities of daily life. 

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