Neurorehabilitation addresses sensory, motor, cognitive and behavioral
processing which impact functional performance in persons with central
nervous system disorders. This includes patients with vestibular
dysfunction and balance disorders, stroke, spinal cord injury, brain
injury, concussion, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease.
In recent years, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital has
treated approximately 600 patients with complex neurological
needs on an annual basis. In the year ending June 30,
2011, more than 800 patients were treated and our current year
projections indicate we will treat more than 900 patients this year.
At Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, 85% of patients seeking
comprehensive outpatient services present with one of four conditions:
35% of adults over age 40 and 80% of adults over age 65 have
experienced dizziness or vestibular dysfunction.Bryn
Mawr Rehab Hospital treats patients whose symptoms significantly
impact the functions of daily life, such as imbalance, vertigo, nausea,
blurred or bouncing vision, coordination, thinking and memory. Ear
infection, head injury, and whiplash are the most common cause of
vestibular disorders in people under 50 years of age, but aging brings
its own set of challenges to the vestibular system. In many cases, the
underlying cause of a vestibular disorder can't be determined. From
2008-2011, 32% of outpatients in our neurorehabilitation outpatient
program presented with vestibular disorders.
Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability in the U.S.
Most of us know the major risk factors of stroke, high blood pressure
and high cholesterol, which can be medically managed. But the
primary risk factor of stroke is age which cannot be controlled.
Stroke risk doubles with each decade past age 55. Symptoms which Bryn
Mawr Rehab Hospital can help with include anything from partial
physical or cognitive impairment, to a complete inability to walk, talk
or care for oneself. From 2008-2011, 23% of outpatients
in our neurorehabilitation outpatient program received
rehabilitation services for deficits caused by stroke.
Our comprehensive outpatient program recognizes that much of a patient's
recovery occurs after discharge from inpatient hospitalization.
Treatment focuses on daily living skills, mobility and cognitive
abilities. Vocational rehabilitation is an important component of the
program for many patients. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) occurs as a
result of external forces such as falls, motor vehicle accidents, and
assaults. Non-Traumatic Brain Injury occurs as a result of
internal forces such as lack of oxygen, infection, brain tumors, and
exposure to toxic substances. From 2008-2011, 19% of outpatients
in our neurorehabilitation outpatient program were recovering from a
Growing awareness of the very real dangers of this mild traumatic brain
injury has helped individuals realize the importance of seeking
rehabilitative care when symptoms of memory loss, confusion, depression,
irritability and fatigue linger. Representing only 11% of all
outpatients in the past four years, patients with concussion
represent the fastest growing patient population of the hospital.
Since 2008, the number of patients treated for concussion at
Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital has grown more than tenfold. The age
range of patients treated in the outpatient neurorehabilitation programs
at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital over the past five
years has ranged from 9 to 98 years of age. The most significant
growth has been in patients under the age of 35, with patients of the
youngest ages being the fastest growing group. This is not surprising
since a majority of patients being treated for concussion are high
school and college-aged athletes.
Neurorehabilitation is a team process that involves the patient, their
family and the treatment team which may include a physical therapist,
occupational therapist, speech therapist, physician, case manager,
neuropsychologist, psychologist and neuro-opthamologist.Our clinicians
have extensive experience in working with neurologically impaired
clients, utilize evidence-based treatment approaches, and have access to
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.