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Physiatrists are experts in interdisciplinary care that is required following concussion, traumatic brain injury and stroke. Leading the care of the rehabilitation team, our physiatrists develop the most appropriate treatment plan with the primary goal of restoring function and optimizing independence. The approach includes physical, behavioral, cognitive, social, vocational, and adaptive.

 

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Concussion:

 

More than five million Americans live with the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI, usually caused by a fall or traffic accident, has a wide range of short and long term effects, including memory and motor function.

 

Concussion, which is a type of mild TBI, is a blow, bump or jolt to the head that changes the way the brain functions. While concussions are rarely life-threatening, their effects are serious. Getting help soon after the injury by trained specialists may speed recovery and optimize long-term function.

 

The effects of a brain injury depend on the factors such as cause, location, and severity. Brain injury affects the way a person thinks, acts and feels.

 

Physiatrists are specially trained to care for and manage the treatment of TBI and concussion. A plan of care is developed with the patient and his or her family at the center.

 

 

Stroke:

 

The American Stroke Association reports that more than 795,000 Americans suffer a stroke each year, that is, on average, one person every 40 seconds. Stroke is the third leading cause of disability in the United States.

 

The damage a stroke causes is different for every person. What is the same for all stroke survivors is the need for rehabilitation. The rehabilitation process is the most essential step in recovery. Rehabilitation won’t reverse the effects of a stroke, rather it allows you to relearn and redefine how to live after a stroke, and regain independent living.

 

Your physiatrist will work with the treatment team to design a treatment plan that addresses your unique needs following a stroke including physical, communication, emotional, and behavioral changes and challenges. Treatment includes physical, occupational and speech therapy, audiology, counseling, support groups, and patient and family education.