Center for Brain Injury
A brain injury may affect a person's physical abilities and cause overwhelming uncertainty about the future.
At the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute, we're dedicated to guiding and supporting patients and their families through the challenges of brain injury rehabilitation.
Understanding the Effects of Brain Injuries
Brain injury can lead to physical disabilities, as well as problems with:
- Motor control
- Social interactions
After a brain injury, you may:
- Have difficulty communicating
- Feel agitated or restless
- Have memory impairments
- Have difficulty walking and caring for yourself
- Have some personality changes
Customized Brain Injury Treatment Focused on Healing
The UPMC Rehabilitation Institute recognizes that each person's needs are different after a brain injury.
At our dedicated, 18-bed brain injury unit at UPMC Mercy, you'll receive:
- A customized, research-based treatment plan focused on healing
- Care from a multidisciplinary team of brain injury and rehab specialists
- Access to latest technology
Also, we're the only brain injury program in western Pennsylvania that offers all of the comprehensive services of an acute care hospital. This means we can meet the unique needs of our brain injury patients without having to transfer them elsewhere for specialty or emergency care.
Advanced Technology, Comprehensive Services
As one of the leading rehabilitation programs in the United States, brain injury patients at the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute have access to state-of-the-art technology and comprehensive services to help assist with recovery.
Technologies, such as those in the Robotics and Gaming Center, help you relearn tasks so you can live a more independent life after your rehabilitation stay.
Training Future Brain Injury Experts
The UPMC Rehabilitation Institute is also home to the region’s only brain injury fellowship program, where our fellowship-trained physicians are preparing the next generation of brain injury experts from around the country.
Program Distinction with Model System Grant
The UPMC Rehabilitation Institute has received the honor of a model system grant in spinal cord injury, brain injury, and brain injury rehabilitation by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).
We are among two out of the 14 model system centers nation-wide to host accredited brain injury fellowships. Our fellows work with internationally acclaimed clinicians and researchers in the field of brain injury medicine to provide the latest treatments and research to our patients.