Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program

After sustaining a brain injury or experiencing a neurological illness, a person may undergo a wide range of medical, physical, cognitive, and behavioral changes. Rusk’s Brain Injury Rehabilitation division provides a structured inpatient therapeutic program specifically tailored to medical and rehabilitative needs of each individual patient. This program has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) as an inpatient specialty program in Brain Injury Rehabilitation. In addition, we offer outpatient brain injury programs to help patients continuing progressing toward their functional goals.

Patient Testimonials

Read the stories of patients who have gone through Rusk's Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program.

Susan  Johnson
Stephanie  Quito
Mary Smith (vision therapy)


Conditions Treated

Our brain injury rehabilitation programs offer highly effective, interdisciplinary, individualized care for people recovering from the following brain-related disorders:

Expert Physicians in Brain Injury Rehabilitation

In Rusk’s Brain Injury Rehabilitation program, each patient’s care is coordinated by three types of physicians-a physiatrist (rehabilitation physician) from the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, a neurologist, and a neuropsychologist-all with specialized training in the treatment of patients with brain injuries. These physicians guide an extensive multidisciplinary team in addressing the unique needs of the patient and his or her family. They begin by identifying the patient’s medical needs and treatment goals. Based on these personal goals, the physician and rehabilitation team then develop and execute a plan to help the patient achieve the best possible outcome.

Physiatrists, or rehabilitation physicians, are in charge of coordinating and managing the patient’s medical care and therapeutic program and communicating regularly with the patient and their family regarding medical needs. These medical specialists work closely with the rehabilitation team to monitor the patient’s recovery, including needed shifts in treatment and discharge planning, consulting with other physician specialists as necessary. Learn more about the physiatrists in our Brain Injury Rehabilitation program:

Neurologists are responsible, along with the physiatrist, for the continuous coordination and management of the patient’s medical condition, particularly as this relates to any neurological impairment or difficulties the patient may have. Like the attending physiatrist, these medical specialists work closely with the rehabilitation team to closely monitor the patient’s recovery, consulting with other specialists as necessary.

Neurorehabilitation psychologists are specially trained to treat the ways in which changes in brain function may affect the patient’s thought processes, behavior, or emotions. During the course of treatment, the neurorehabilitation psychologist sees the patient for individual and family treatment sessions to address cognitive, behavioral or adjustment issues, including the special issues of adjusting to the physical and cognitive changes brought about by the patient’s neurological condition. The neurorehabilitation psychologist also provides ongoing evaluations of the patient’s cognitive improvement in order to help the rehabilitation team determine when brain injury treatment levels need to be shifted, and provides the patient and family with educational materials. 

Brain Injury Rehabilitation: Programs and Services

Inpatient Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Rusk’s Inpatient Brain Injury Program is CARF-accredited and offers comprehensive, integrated acute inpatient rehabilitation that is patient-centered and team-focused. Under the leadership of our physiatrists, neurologists and neuro-rehabilitation psychologists, patients and family members work with a highly-trained team of clinicians. Depending on the needs of each patient, the multidisciplinary team may include professionals from Rehabilitation Psychology, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology, Therapeutic Recreation, Social Work, Rehabilitation Nursing, or Nutrition.

Learn more about Rusk's inpatient brain injury rehabilitation programs and services

Outpatient Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Our outpatient brain injury rehabilitation services are designed to help our clients continue progressing towards their functional goals once they’ve returned to living in the community. In order to achieve these individual goals, the client and therapist work together to improve strength, coordination, balance, endurance, attention, problem solving and other functional skills. Depending on each client’s needs, their outpatient program may include sessions with professionals from Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Social Work, Psychology, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Language Pathology, Swallowing, Therapeutic Recreation, Vocational Rehabilitation, or Prosthetics and Orthotics.

In addition to one-on-one therapies, some departments offer treatment in group settings. It’s also common for clients to participate simultaneously in both individualized therapies and programs designed to help the client return to work or school, such as the Rusk Institute’s Work Readiness & Job Skills Training and Job Placement Services.

Learn more about Rusk's outpatient brain injury rehabilitation programs and services.