Brain injury often results in a lengthy recovery process. You may have many questions regarding your future and what life will look like post-rehabilitation. Brain injury rehabilitation with physiatrists at the UPMC Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation offers a holistic treatment plan and support every step of the way, that will allow you or a loved one to return to an optimal quality of life.
Side Effects of a Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injuries or head injuries can lead to numerous physical and mental problems. Due to the severity of many side effects of brain injuries, many doctors and specialists recommend continued care in the form of outpatient rehabilitation following an in-patient stay or accident.
In addition to physical disabilities, brain injuries can lead to problems with:
- Motor control
- Social interactions
Brain injury symptoms
Following a brain injury you may notice yourself or a family member:
- Having difficulty communicating, walking, and caring for himself or herself.
- Becoming agitated or restless.
- Having memory impairments.
- Experiencing personality changes.
Supporting You at Every Stage of Your Brain Injury Rehabilitation
The physiatrists at the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) guide and support you and your family through the challenges of brain injury rehabilitation with a physician-directed, comprehensive, individualized treatment plan.
Most people with brain injuries need further treatment after their stay in inpatient rehabilitation. As part of UPMC's continuum of care, our doctors ensure that you receive the appropriate level of care at the right place and at the right time.
A patient's brain injury rehabilitation journey often begins at the Rehabilitation Institute. The Center for Brain Injury Rehabilitation at UPMC Mercy offers comprehensive in-patient treatment for a variety of brain injuries. The length of stay for in-patient treatment varies per injury. Your stay includes physical and occupational therapy in addition to re-learning any skills lost due to brain trauma.
Once a patient is discharged from in-patient care by their patient care team they may transition to outpatient rehabilitation at the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at a location nearest them.
Why Choose UPMC for Brain Injury Rehab?
- The Department of PM&R is part of one of the country's largest and most comprehensive rehabilitation networks. In fact, UPMC offers more than 80 rehabilitation facilities with inpatient, outpatient, and long-term services.
- We're also the only brain injury rehabilitation center in western Pennsylvania that offers the comprehensive services of an acute care hospital.
- Plus, UPMC is the region's only clinical trial network for brain injury as recognized by the National Institutes of Health — a designation shared by only seven other health systems in the United States.
Learn more about inpatient brain injury rehab and treatment at UPMC.