Brain Injury Rehabilitation
TIRR Memorial Hermann provides rehabilitation to individuals with brain injuries of all levels of severity. We treat patients of all types, including those suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI), non-traumatic brain injury, and brain injuries combined with spinal cord injury or multiple fractures and amputations. We are committed to seeing the potential in every person and often give opportunities to those who have no other options. In our commitment to the development of the patients’ full potential, goal setting and treatment planning are creative and aggressive.
Brain Injury Rehab in a Hospital Setting
An injury to the brain can occur as the result of trauma, a tumor or a disease. Brain injuries often result in physical disabilities as well as significant changes in language, memory, thinking, behavior and personality.
The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program at TIRR Memorial Hermann maximizes outcomes by providing:
- Comprehensive interdisciplinary care from a team of physicians, therapists, nurses, case managers and social workers dedicated to expert care of persons with brain injury
- Patient rooms, nursing care units and gym space specifically designed and equipped to meet the unique needs of a person with brain injury
- Specialized medical management, nursing and therapy in a hospital setting
- Individual therapy
- Group treatment
- Community outings to address the patient’s functional abilities
- Support groups, counseling, designated education classes and individualized training to prepare families and caregivers
Brain Injury Therapy After Discharge
Recovery from brain injury does not end when a patient is discharged from the inpatient program. Rather, recovery continues long after the return home.
The programs at the Outpatient Medical Clinic and Outpatient Rehabilitation allow patient and family to transition from the hospital setting to home while continuing to receive intense therapy services and medical monitoring. Brain injury support groups, counseling, education and individualized training also prepare families and caregivers for the patient’s discharge.
The Challenge Program provides a comprehensive range of services focusing on community integration skills critical for the transition to independent living, school, work or volunteer activities following brain injury. This outpatient day treatment approach addresses the physical abilities, memory strategies, interpersonal communication and problem solving skills needed for long-term success.
National Funding and Designation
The Brain Injury Research Center at TIRR Memorial Hermann is funded by multiple grants from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and is designated as a Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Integration of Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury.
Music Therapy is neurologically based and backed by more than 10 years of research at TIRR Memorial Hermann.
A music therapist's role is to address the cognitive, speech/language, physical, and psychosocial needs of a patient, using Neurologic Music Therapy techniques. Music therapy is often requested to co-treat with other therapies, such as physical or speech therapy, and to facilitate functional movements and/or cognitive and speech behaviors.
Benefits of Music Therapy
The many benefits of music therapy include:
- Rhythmic stimulation to normalize a patient's gait cadence, velocity and stride length when used with physical therapy
- Address verbal expression when co-treating with speech therapists
- Address coping and adjusting issues using song writing and lyric analysis
- Use music as a mnemonic cue in orientation and learning strategies for memory deficits
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Brain Injury Rehabilitation Doctors
TIRR Memorial Hermann is affiliated with experts in brain injury rehabilitation. See our directory of brain injury specialists.
Learn More or Make an Appointment
To learn more about brain injury rehabilitation and how you can participate in the acclaimed Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program at TIRR Memorial Hermann, call (713) 797-5942 or contact us online.
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