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Brain injury patient goes through therapy at Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Brain Injury Clinic

The Brain Injury Clinic is for patients age 17 and older with mild to moderate brain injuries or non-progressive brain diseases. We offer therapy to improve memory, concentration, communication and organization skills so patients can resume work or other meaningful activities.

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Clinical outcomes

Patients in Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute's Brain Injury Program show excellent outcomes.

  • Last year, more than 82 percent were able to go back to their homes or communities -- 11 percent higher than the national average.
  • Although our patients stay in the hospital 5 days less than the national average, their daily improvement is higher.

arrow points to link to inpatient outcomes section of Courage Kenny's website See Brain Injury Program statistics.

Brain injury

Brain injury is often caused by a trauma, such as a blow to the head.

It also can be the result of a nontraumatic event, like a brain tumor or infection.

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Brain tumor

A primary brain tumor is a group (mass) of abnormal cells that start in the brain.

Learn more about brain tumors in our health encyclopedia.

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Paralysis is the medical term for complete loss of muscle function.

Learn more about muscle function loss in our health encyclopedia.

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A seizure is the physical findings or changes in behavior that occur after an episode of abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Many types of seizures cause loss of awareness and some cause twitching or shaking of the body.

Learn more about seizures in our health encyclopedia.

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Dizziness is light-headedness, feeling like you might faint, being unsteady, loss of balance, or vertigo (a feeling that you or the room is spinning or moving).

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Coma is a state of reduced alertness or decreased consciousness. A persistent coma is called vegetative state.

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Spasticity is involuntary muscle movement that occurs when the brain communication with the spinal cord is disrupted due to illness or injury in the nervous system.

Comprehensive rehabilitation can help patients learn new skills to help manage many of the symptoms of brain injury, including:

  • paralysis ?
  • seizures ?
  • dizziness ?
  • coma ?
  • impaired vision, hearing, taste and smell
  • speech and language problems
  • spasticity ?
  • loss of sensation

Allina Health offers a wide variety of brain injury recovery services for people who have had a nontraumatic or a traumatic brain injury.

Brain injury rehabilitation

The goal of brain injury rehabilitation is to help patients accomplish daily tasks with confidence and regain as much independence as possible.

  • When you are hospitalized with a brain injury, a team of doctors, therapists, social workers and other rehabilitation specialists will work with you and your caregivers to set up a personalized treatment plan. The services you receive will depend on the type and severity of your brain injury and your unique needs and abilities.
  • When you are able to return home, your doctor may recommend outpatient rehabilitation to continue building your skills.

Brain injury rehabilitation services may include occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, neuropsychology, therapeutic recreation and social services. Care navigation also can help you find the resources you need throughout your recovery. Additional details about the program are in the Scope of Services document

'Sister Kenny and Courage Center taught me how to live my new life'

In 2000, at age 35, Cheryl Wilson was the mother of two sons and well established on a professional career path as an executive administrator. At 36, she had a motorcycle accident. Doctors at Mayo Clinic, where her battered body arrived, gave her a 50/50 chance of survival.

Source: Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute
Reviewed by: Sue Newman, OTR, occupational therapy coordinator, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute
First Published: 03/02/2011
Last Reviewed: 03/02/2011