Inpatient rehabilitation

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The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Services at MedStar Health is one of a few CARF-accredited Specialty Programs of its kind in the area. The program is renowned for innovative care that uses an evidence-based, multidisciplinary team approach to recovery. This focused and proven method of care is the reason why so many people, including politicians, military service members, and entertainers, choose MedStar Health.

We treat individuals recovering from the effects of a traumatic brain injury (TBI). We also treat the effects of other neurologic conditions and treatments, including:

  • Brain and spinal cord tumors

  • Brain hemorrhage, including the complications of stroke

  • The post-surgery effects of deep brain stimulation (DBS)

  • Anoxic or hypoxic brain injury

  • Parkinson's disease, cerebral palsy, and other movement disorders

  • Encephalitis and other infections of the brain and central nervous system

  • Multiple Sclerosis and other disorders of the central nervous system

  • Guillain–Barré syndrome (GBS) and other disorders of the peripheral nervous system

Day treatment program

Our Transitions Neuro Day program is designed for people who are medically stable and able to live at home, but whose daily lives can be improved through organized, intensive outpatient therapy.

Learn more about the Brain Injury Day Treatment Program

Outpatient brain injury services

At the completion of the Brain Injury program, patients are referred to appropriate outpatient services.

We offer physician, neuropsychology, psychology, physical and occupational therapy, and speech language pathology services for patients with neurological disorders as a result of post-neurological trauma (Traumatic Brain Injury, or TBI), Post-Concussive Disorder (mild TBI, or mTBI), brain tumor resection, and peripheral and central nervous system diagnoses.

For assistance with getting back to work after your injury or illness, we can help link you with your state vocational rehabilitation agency.

Program highlights

  • Our program is directed by physicians who are board-certified in neurology and physical medicine and rehabilitation

  • We have a 46-bed unit dedicated to the rehabilitation of patients with brain injury and other neurologic conditions. This includes a secure, 28-bed area

  • Each patient has a care team that is led by their physician, and includes members of nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech language pathology, social work, neuropsychology, therapeutic recreation, and nutrition

  • Each patient receives an individualized treatment plan developed in conjunction with this interdisciplinary team and tailored to his/her specific needs and goals

  • Care focuses on an evaluation of each patient’s injury and impairments, and centers on physical recovery, as well as management of cognitive and behavioral issues, and any secondary conditions that may occur

  • The team works in an interdisciplinary fashion, with daily meetings to ensure the most comprehensive and individualized program for each patient

  • Short- and long-term goals are created for the patient, and reexamined regularly at these daily meetings

  • Both individual and group therapy is utilized, providing patients the opportunity to practice skills in different environments and to share their experiences with others

  • Because family members and caregivers are a critical part of the treatment team, we provide important training to help them cope with the potential changes in their loved one's behavior and skill level

  • Each patient receives a copy of our acclaimed book, Managing Brain Injury: A Guide to Living Well with Brain Injury — a reader-friendly guide to facing the challenges of life after a brain injury

Before a patient is discharged, their team will recommend services they might need in order to transition to the next level of care. This could include our Transitions Neuro Day Treatment Program or outpatient services, including speech language pathology services, offered throughout our rehabilitation network. If needed, home care will be arranged for the patient, and may include services offered through the MedStar Visiting Nurse Association. Our job is to build a road map for your recovery — and to support you along the journey as you rebuild your life.

Our providers

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Expert neurology care

Getting the care you need starts with seeing one of our neurologists.