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Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation

tbi-rehab“We live in a time when the words ‘impossible’ and ‘unsolvable’ are no longer a part of the scientific community’s vocabulary. Each day we move closer to trials that will not just minimize the symptoms of disease and injury, but eliminate them.” – Christopher Reeve

A brain injury is never anything we expect or ask for; but in fact, over 2.5 million brain injuries are reported nationally each year. The Certified Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit at Queens Nassau Rehabilitation and Nursing Center is a pioneer program in modern restorative brain injury rehabilitation. The program functions as an intermediate level following the hospital/acute phase of recovery and before community re-entry or long-term care.

Although brain injuries can put an individual and their family into physical and emotional crisis, Queens Nassau can provide meaningful neuro-rehabilitation that can both restore independence and/or teach compensatory techniques for more long-term deficits.

Generally, Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapies are common services provided by many rehabs in the Metropolitan area. However, Queens Nassau provides specialized services with knowledge and expertise in brain injury and neuro-rehabilitation. Further, Queens Nassau provides Cognitive Rehabilitation, not found in other generic rehab centers, providing treatment for cognitive deficits in reading, writing, memory, attention, and visual-spatial skills. Rehabilitation in the cognitive realm is a specific need of most brain injury survivors. Neuropsychological testing evaluations, also unique to Queens Nassau, provide a template for cognitive goals and facilitate individualized therapy.

Queens Nassau Rehabilitation and Nursing Center also provides Physiatry Services from consultations out of New York University Hospital’s world-renowned RUSK Institute. These specialized medical doctors evaluate and consult on restoring maximum functioning following physical injury, treat pain, make medication recommendations, coordinate care within a multidisciplinary team, and devise both non-surgical and surgical interventions to improve a Resident’s quality of life following disabling injuries.