When you choose our care team you will have access to a range of specialized treatments designed to improve your quality of life and function after a neurological injury or disease diagnosis. Our neurorehabilitation experts diagnose neurological diseases, provide clinical care and train other therapists in neurorehabilitation.
BJC HealthCare works with Washington University physicians, BJC Medical Group, and providers across the region to deliver extraordinary care. Managing a neurological disease or recovering from a neurological injury can be challenging. Our neurorehabilitation team is here to provide team-based, effective treatments to improve your quality of life.
- Specialized outpatient services: We tailor therapy plans to your unique needs and offer specialized outpatient programs. Our specialty clinics focus on management of specific neurological problems, including stroke, concussion, spinal cord injuries and more.
- Inpatient rehabilitation: Patients who experience a neurological injury start evidence-based therapy before they even leave the hospital. Our health system includes St. Louis’s leading provider of inpatient rehabilitation for brain injury, stroke and other complex neurological conditions.
- Team-based care: You receive care from compassionate providers that include physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, physicians, nurses, dietitians and pharmacists. These experts work together to create a personalized, comprehensive treatment plan.
- Wheelchair seating clinic: When needed, we offer multidisciplinary assessments for complex wheelchair needs. You have opportunities to connect with other patients and families in similar situations through peer counseling and support groups. These resources are a safe space to discuss challenges and develop coping strategies.
Neurorehabilitation is specialized therapy to help people with neurological conditions or injuries. Therapists who specialize in neurorehabilitation can help you regain or increase your cognitive function, movement, speech and fine motor skills.
Neurorehabilitation may include the expertise of:
- Neuropsychologists: These experts assess how your brain function affects your behavior. They may help you adjust to changes in your abilities or recommend therapies to reduce stress.
- Occupational therapists: An occupational therapist helps you with specific tasks of daily living. For example, after an injury, they may help you regain your abilities to button clothes, prepare meals or get in and out of bed.
- Physical therapists: These specialists help you increase your strength, mobility and overall function with a set of prescribed exercises. They may also offer hands-on therapies such as joint manipulation or massage.
- Speech-language pathologists: Also called speech therapists, these experts help with problems related to speech, communication and swallowing.
Many neurological conditions can benefit from neurorehabilitation treatment. Our specialists care for patients with a variety of conditions, such as:
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
Neurological infectious diseases
Spinal cord injuries
We provide a number of specialty clinics for specific neurological injuries and needs. Specialty clinics include the:
Aphasia is the loss of language or communication skills after a brain injury or disease. Depending on the location and extent of brain damage, patients may experience anything from trouble writing or speaking to complete speech loss. The Evidence-Based Aphasia Clinic (EBAC) is a specialty clinic for the evaluation and treatment of patients who experience aphasia after stroke or other neurological conditions.
The program uses language treatment techniques clinically proven to be effective. Care covers the treatment of verbal expression, comprehension, reading and writing. The clinic’s therapeutic team includes a behavioral neurologist, a clinical neuropsychologist and speech-language pathologists, among others.
A variety of injuries can cause a mild to moderate concussion, including accident, sports injury or a fall. Different symptoms can occur following the injury, such as dizziness, fatigue, headaches or poor concentration.
Most symptoms improve over a short period of time, but others may persist for weeks to months. If symptoms persist, worsen or significantly interfere with your daily activities, therapy may be helpful.
A clinical neuropsychologist is a licensed psychologist with expertise in how behavior and skills are related to brain structures and systems. Through objective testing of memory and thinking skills, these specialists evaluate brain function and develop diagnosis and treatment plans.
A typical neuropsychological evaluation involves assessment of:
Attention and concentration
Higher-level thinking skills, such as reasoning and problem-solving
Learning and memory
Mood and personality
Motor and sensory skills
You may be referred to the Neuropsychology Clinic after a trauma, such as a brain injury or stroke. Test results can be used to:
Determine capacity for everyday functions like driving, managing money or working productively
Differentiate between illnesses
Identify cognitive strengths and weaknesses
A unique component of our Spinal Cord Injury Clinic is aggressive physical rehabilitation. This program is based on the concept that intense physical rehabilitation helps to speed up the return of significant function.
We offer activity-based rehabilitation which uses electrical stimulation together with specialized exercise equipment and biofeedback devices. You also have access to aquatic therapy. You’ll also receive training in high-level wheelchair mobility skills and ambulation with orthotic devices.