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Brain Injury and Stroke

Brain and Spinal Cord RehabilitationAccording to the American Heart Association, stroke affects nearly 500,000 individuals a year and is the leading cause of disability in older adults. Another 1.7 million people sustain some form of traumatic brain injury. For most people, surviving an acquired brain injury or illness or stroke is just the first step in recovery, and nearly every patient will need some form of rehabilitation in order to restore function and thrive.

Our brain and stroke rehabilitation team understands there are many challenges for patients recovering from brain injury, illness or stroke. Whether you or your loved one require one or multiple services, we will partner with you and your family to develop a customized rehabilitation plan to meet your unique goals.

To meet these needs, the Brain and Stroke Rehabilitation Program at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, is a specialized, interdisciplinary program that serves people with acquired brain injuries and their families.

Conditions we treat include:

  • Balance disorders
  • Behavioral problems (impulsivity, disinhibition, low frustration tolerance)
  • Chemo brain (cognitive issues post chemotherapy)
  • Cognitive disorders
  • Contractures
  • Emotional adjustment to disability
  • Language disorders (aphasia)
  • Sensory disorders
  • Spasticity
  • Speech disorders
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Walking difficulty
  • Weakness

This multi-faceted program is staffed by specialists in brain dysfunction who recognize the individual needs of each patient. Each patient's treatment plan is tailored to achieve their goals of restoring function and returning to important life activities.

Our program includes:

  • Cognitive rehabilitation
  • Neuropsychological evaluation
  • Gait assessment and training
  • Endurance training
  • Fatigue management training
  • Speech and language evaluation and treatment
  • Activities of daily living training
  • Swallowing problems evaluation and treatment
  • Low vision rehabilitation
  • Wheel-chair evaluations and training
  • Work conditions and evaluations
  • Rehabilitation engineering

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation can help

Whatever your rehabilitation objectives, our team can help.  We offer:

Articles and Videos about the Brain and Stroke Rehabilitation Program

To read more about the Brain and Stroke Rehabilitation Program at Johns Hopkins Hospital, please see the following news articles:

Finding Hope After Traumatic Brain Injury: Corey Davis's Story

Corey Davis was in a motorcycle accident that had left him in a coma for seven weeks and had caused severe traumatic brain injury. Kathleen Bechtold, Ph.D, director of the Johns Hopkins Brain Rehabilitation Program worked with Corey following his accident. Over the course of the years, Corey’s physical and cognitive improvement was dramatic. Corey now competes in triathlons and is the founder of Ocean Games. Ocean Games’ mission is to raise funds for the Johns Hopkins Brain Rehabilitation Program, as well as increase awareness of brain injuries and recovery while promoting the positive effects that sports have on the mind and body.



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