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Brain Injury Rehabilitation

All brain injuries are different, creating assorted challenges for survivors and their families. Recovery also involves significant hurdles and important choices, and where you go for treatment can make a difference. At Banner Rehabilitation Hospital, you’ll find the comprehensive care, advanced treatment, technologies, training and support to help restore your strengths, skills and independence.

Expert level care 

Banner Rehabilitation Hospital’s brain injury rehabilitation program focuses on improving your quality of life. Our team works closely with the acute care hospital team to ensure a smooth transition to our rehabilitation hospital and your next phase in the recovery process. 

We apply evidence-based best practices to support your recovery. Our approach includes high touch and high tech methods of rehabilitation during your three hours of therapy per day, over a five-day period.

A team approach to treatment

We draw on the knowledge of an experienced team of brain injury specialists to address the range of medical, physical, functional and emotional issues you face.

This interdisciplinary team is led by a physiatrist, a physician board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, and includes rehabilitation nurses; physical, occupational, speech and respiratory therapists; dietitians; case managers; and other clinical and support staff, as needed. Together, we optimize the recovery of individuals at multiple levels of injury.

Family members are a part of the care team, too. It’s important for your family to be involved in your therapy sessions, learn about your condition and how to support you on the path to recovery.

An individualized care plan

Treatment is carefully integrated and tailored to your specific needs and goals. Depending on how you have been impacted by your injury, we will help you:   

  • Maximize alertness and responsiveness
  • Improve sleep/wake cycles
  • Develop new cognitive, communication and behavioral strategies
  • Improve physical function, balance and mobility
  • Manage pain and spasticity
  • Improve any vision, speech and/or swallowing difficulties
  • Enhance the skills needed to perform daily activities   
  • Overcome psychological and social challenges
  • Return home and resume work, school or community activities with as much confidence and independence as possible

Your progress. Our programs.   

As a specialized hospital, Banner Rehabilitation Hospital works closely with you, your family and the referring hospital to ensure a smooth transition to our program.

Here you will benefit from a minimum of three hours of daily physical, occupational and/or speech and other therapies, five days a week. The skills and strategies you learn will be reinforced by your nursing team.

Examples of treatments include:

  • Mobility skill training such as transfers, standing and/or walking
  • Strengthening exercises for arms and legs, along with the assistance of robotic equipment
  • Tactics to improve communication, swallowing or vision difficulties
  • Daily living activities including dressing, feeding and bathing
  • Strategies to improve memory, concentration, judgment and problem solving
  • Medication management
  • Caregiver education and training

When you’re ready, we’ll coordinate your discharge, help arrange for equipment and provide access to community resources that may be available to you. Our goal, like yours, is that you move forward with as much independence and confidence as possible.

A unique continuum of care

To help you return home and resume work, school, community and/or social activities, Banner Rehabilitation Hospital provides an unparalleled continuum of care. We are here to help you manage your health from inpatient to outpatient care.

Technology and research drive recovery

Banner Rehabilitation Hospital balances hands-on treatment with the use of cutting-edge technologies to support your individual recovery.  We also continue to research, learn and apply the most promising new avenues of care. 

Below are some of the many advances now available to appropriate patients:

  • Robotic, weight-supported training and electrical stimulation devices to improve balance, gait and walking
  • Robotic therapies and other technologies to improve function
  • Computer-based exercises to improve memory, concentration, decision-making and other cognitive skills
  • Functional electrical stimulation to reduce muscle atrophy
  • Videofluoroscopy, a special type of X-ray, and VitalStim® a non-invasive external electrical stimulation therapy, applied to the neck, to diagnose and treat swallowing disorders
  • Medication to manage spasticity (stiff muscles)
  • Equipment that allows individuals to turn on lights, a television, etc., with greater ease and independence
  • Adaptive gaming and other platforms to help individuals participate in recreational and social activities

Brain injury recovery

We will work closely with you, your family, your physician and/or the referring hospital to ensure a smooth transition to Banner Rehabilitation Hospital for your rehabilitation. 

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