Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program

Brain injury or neurological illness can trigger a wide range of medical, physical, cognitive, and behavioral changes. The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program at NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation provides care that is proven to be effective and efficient, ensuring you receive the treatment protocol that is best for your particular needs.

This program has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) as an inpatient specialty program for brain injury rehabilitation. It is also one of 16 nationally designated model systems for brain injury care and research by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.

Conditions We Treat

Our Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program cares for people recovering from brain-related disorders that include:

  • anoxic encephalopathy, which is brain damage caused by lack of oxygen
  • brain hemorrhage or hematoma
  • brain infections and inflammation, also known as encephalitis and encephalopathy
  • brain tumors
  • disorders of consciousness, or minimally conscious state
  • gait disorders, such as dystonia, chorea, Huntington’s disease, and ataxia
  • hydrocephalus
  • mild to moderate brain injuries including concussions
  • multiple sclerosis
  • neurosurgical procedures such as craniotomies
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • stroke
  • traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head

Our Expert Team

In the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program, each patient’s care is coordinated by three types of doctors who specialize in treating patients with brain injuries: a neurologist, a neuropsychologist, and a physiatrist, or doctor who specializes in rehabilitation medicine. They work together to help you achieve the best possible outcome.

Neurologists evaluate and treat you for any neurological condition, impairment, or difficulty. Neurorehabilitation psychologists focus on how changes in brain function caused by an injury or neurological condition may affect your thought processes, behavior, or emotions, and they help you and your family adjust to those cognitive and physical changes.

Learn more about the physiatrists in our Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program:

Inpatient Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Rusk Rehabilitation's Inpatient Brain Injury Program at NYU Langone’s Hospital for Joint Diseases provides care from experts in rehabilitation psychology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, therapeutic recreation, social work, rehabilitation nursing, and nutrition.

Outpatient Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Our outpatient brain injury rehabilitation services at NYU Langone’s Ambulatory Care Center are designed to help you continue progressing toward your goals after you return home. You and your therapists work together to improve strength, coordination, balance, endurance, attention, problem-solving, and other functional skills.

Brain Injury Day Treatment Program

Rusk Rehabilitation’s Brain Injury Day Treatment Program is an option for people aged 18 to 65 who have a mild to severe brain injury and sufficient stamina to handle a 5-hour treatment day. The appropriate starting point for this program is typically several months to several years after the time of the injury or illness. The Brain Injury Day Treatment Program takes place at NYU Langone's Ambulatory Care Center.

All participants in the program must be capable of committing to the program’s 20-week cycle and be willing to have their significant others or caregivers participate as active partners in the rehabilitation process.