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Brain Injury and Stroke
According 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
- Emotional adjustment to disability
- Language disorders (aphasia)
- Sensory disorders
- Speech disorders
- Swallowing disorders
- Walking difficulty
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.
Stroke Rehabilitation: Mary’s Story
At 88 years old, Mary is an avid Scrabble player and church choir singer. She knows her way around the iPad. And even after her stroke, she wasn’t about to give up her favorite things in life.
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:
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Speech-language pathology
- Rehabilitation psychology & neuropsychology
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:
- After the Big Bang: an article about rehabilitation after traumatic brain injury.
- Innovations in PM&R: articles about advancing research in brain injury and stroke recovery
- Back in the Swim: Patient Corey Davis gets back to his favorite activities post traumatic brain injury
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 to improve his physical and cognitive health. Corey now competes in triathlons and is the founder of Ocean Games.
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