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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:

  • Thinking
  • Memory
  • Behavior
  • Mobility
  • 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 is recognized as a traumatic brain injury model system follow-up center. We recognize 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 by continuously working with our partners in neurology, neurosurgery, orthopaedics, and medicine 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.