Learn how Main Line Health can change the lives of you and your loved ones through physical and cognitive rehab for several conditions and injuries.
Brain Injury Rehab
What is brain injury rehabilitation?
Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital was one of the first facilities in the country to offer traumatic and nontraumatic brain injury rehabilitation and has remained one of the best rehabilitation hospitals for brain injury in the Philadelphia region for more than 30 years. Our brain injury program is the most comprehensive in the region and is a center of excellence. The program is fully accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC) and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
Nearly half of our brain injury program patients are survivors of traumatic brain injuries (TBI), often caused by motor vehicle accidents and falls. The other half come to us with nontraumatic conditions such as:
Over 400 brain injury patients each year travel to Bryn Mawr Rehab for our industry-leading technology, creative therapeutic approach and compassionate care.
Brain injury program at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital
Brain injury rehabilitation treatment options
We create specialized treatment plans based on individual patient need and severity of condition. Some of our patients come to us with extremely severe brain injuries but through our protocol of three hours of intensive therapy a minimum of five out of seven days—not to mention our creative approach which includes tailoring therapies around what motivates each patient most—many patients leave with remarkable recoveries.
For example, since restoring balance is a critical skill to relearn, we sometimes recommend equestrian therapy to develop core strength and improve stability. As skills improve, the therapies increase in complexity.
We also use technology with our patients, to help them regain the physical and mental skills they had prior to the brain injury. These technologies include:
- The Bioness Vector and Bioness L300
- The Lokomat body suspension mobility rehabilitator
- Smart Balance Master balance improvement system
For mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), often referred to as an "unseen injury," or postconcussion syndrome, we provide evaluations and tailored treatment plans. (Find out more about the classifications of brain injury.) Mild traumatic brain injury can change a person's personality, disrupt the senses and interfere with cognitive abilities, even when initial symptoms like dizziness, headache and nausea disappear. Ongoing symptoms may include memory and learning problems, unexplained mood swings, impaired planning or organizational skills and depression. Our multidisciplinary team works together to address these symptoms and improve the patient’s condition.
Treating brain injury patients from children to elderlyWe’ve treated brain injuries on patients of all ages. Many come from the greater Philadelphia region, but some come from much further away. When admitted, most of these patients can’t perform half of the tasks necessary to live independently—functions like walking, dressing and speaking—yet by discharge many need only minimal assistance to complete these tasks. Of course, most of our patients continue with one of the specialized outpatient programs to further develop their independence and quality of life.
Inpatient brain injury rehabilitation and support
Our inpatient brain injury rehab patients spend an average of 23 days on the unit, some spending much less time and others spending much more time, depending on the severity of their injury. In our 41-bed unit, specially trained neurologists, physiatrists, certified rehab nurses, therapists, care managers and psychologists collaborate on an interdisciplinary care plan to establish and accomplish realistic goals. Our care unit also includes:
- Intensive monitoring suite for patients with emerging consciousness and/or significant medical issues such as tracheostomy care
- Secured area and observation room to accommodate patients in early brain injury recovery stages where confusion and behavioral difficulties are common
- Specialized therapy gym that facilitates collaborative and comprehensive therapy services
- Electronic Wanderguard tracking system
Additionally, patients have access to a simulated apartment that allows them to practice skills needed to return home as well as facilitate overnight trials in a safe, supportive environment.
Every brain injury inpatient receives care 24 hours a day from physicians and nurses specially trained in brain injury rehabilitation. Each rehab program may include a mix of high-intensity physical and occupational therapy, speech therapy, psychology and more. During daily sessions with their therapists, patients work to build strength, range of motion, balance and coordination. Psychologists provide support and counseling to promote family relationships. On a regular basis during every patient's stay, the care team meets to review progress, identify barriers to independence and create solutions tailored to the patient.
Brain injury patients also have access to the following rehabilitation services:
- Aquatic therapy
- Cognitive remediation
- Horticultural therapy
- Recreational therapy
- Vision clinic
- Nutrition counseling
- Pet therapy
- Family education programs
Inpatient brain injury support group
This support group is open to patients who have experienced a brain injury. The group is led by a psychologist with a focus on adjustment and coping issues.
The inpatient brain injury support group meets on Mondays at 3:00 pm in the Maple Unit Dining Room. For more information, call 484.596.5430.
Outpatient brain injury rehabilitation and support
After inpatient brain injury treatment, patients can transition to our intensive Neurologic Day Treatment program, traditional outpatient rehab, or begin to receive home care. With all of these programs, we focus on building the critical skills for returning to work, school, community and leisure activities. Our therapists work closely with patients to improve walking skills, upper arm function, vision, communication and any specific goals they may have for returning to their lives. For some, we provide recreational therapy and use the Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital independent living unit for occupational training. We offer this individualized outpatient brain injury rehabilitation at several locations throughout the Philadelphia region.
In addition to physical and occupational therapy and other services also offered on an inpatient basis, our therapists may recommend one or more of the following specialized outpatient services to address more specific areas of concern:
- Driver rehab
- Assistive technology
- Neuropsychological evaluation
- Pain management
- Vestibular (balance) therapy
- Work hardening
The brain injury/stroke survivor support group meets on the second Tuesday of the month from 5:00–6:30 pm in the Administration Building, Conference Rooms 1–4. For more information, contact 484.596.5430.
The brain injury/stroke caregiver support group meets on the second Tuesday of the month from 5:00–6:30 pm in the Administration Building, Second Floor, Board Room. For more information, contact 484.596.5430.
For information, call 484.596.5413 or email [email protected].
Even as patients are preparing to be discharged, family members are trained to make the adjustment to home living. A mock apartment on the brain injury unit offers families a chance to test-drive life in the home under the watchful eye of our experts. Throughout outpatient care, we maintain the team approach in serving patients, involving loved ones as partners and guardians of continued success.
Consumers, their families, and the public look for CARF accreditation as assurance that providers strive to offer the highest quality services. CARF International is an independent, accrediting body of health and human services. CARF-accredited service providers have applied CARF's comprehensive set of standards for quality to their business and service delivery practices. This means that they have demonstrated conformance to proven standards for business practices and are committed to continuous quality improvement. Each provider’s commitment to excellence is periodically evaluated on site and reconfirmed annually.
Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital received accreditation for the following inpatient rehabilitation programs: comprehensive integrated inpatient rehabilitation program (adults); amputation specialty program (adults); brain injury specialty program (adults, children, adolescents); spinal cord system of care (adults); stroke specialty program (adults); and interdisciplinary outpatient medical rehabilitation programs: brain injury specialty program (adults, children adolescents); spinal cord system of care (adults).
One of the first acute rehabilitation hospitals in the country to provide treatment for brain injury, we’re recognized as a leader in the field of concussion treatment and recovery.
Our pain management program includes a range of therapeutic techniques, whether you need chronic back pain treatment or relief from pinched nerves. We also draw on integrative medicine approaches to complement traditional pain therapies to give you the safest, most effective results.
A hand therapy specialist is well-versed in a variety of methods and works to develop a personalized regimen for the unique needs of every patient. Our patients come from all walks of life—from young athletes to long-term arthritis sufferers to accidental burn victims.
Through the amputee rehabilitation program, we offer a full range of amputee support and rehabilitation from pre-amputation evaluation to advanced prosthetic training, assuring medical management throughout the process.
Independence is a major goal of every rehabilitation program. For over 30 years, the driver rehabilitation program at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital has offered a unique way for patients to return to this crucial aspect of their lives.
Combining medical practice with therapeutic rehabilitation, the inpatient medical rehab program supports patients with a wide range of acute or chronic conditions that cause temporary or permanent disability. Our goal is always to help patients regain as much independence as possible.
The neurology team at Main Line Health treats and manages conditions such as migraines, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and more.