Stroke/Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Overview

Maurizio Corbetta, MD — Section Head

Neurologic Rehabilitation is a branch of Clinical Neuroscience specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological injuries to the brain with an emphasis on the restoration or compensation of motor, sensory, and cognitive deficits following stroke, brain injury, or other insults (tumors, anoxia, etc). The goal is to restore the function of patients as much as possible to their pre-injury level.

Our 40-bed inpatient unit at the Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis is staffed by medical, nursing, and therapy personnel specifically trained in the assessment and rehabilitation of neurological injuries. We use state-of-the-art behavioral and pharmacological interventions to improve function. Technology-based rehabilitation methods including weight supported treadmill gait training, robotic-enhanced gait training, and functional electrical stimulation are being evaluated. The unit includes an eight-bed structured care unit specialized in the care of behavioral and cognitive deficits after traumatic brain injury. The clinical services collaborate with WUMS physicians and scientists on several NIH funded projects focused on recovery of function and novel rehabilitation interventions.

Brain Injury and Stroke Rehabilitation

Specialty clinics are available for patients with specific needs:

In addition to the primary clinical mission, the services also provide a training and research environment. Clinicians of all types are trained, included physicians (physiatry, neurology, and geriatrics), nurses, therapists, social workers, and neuro-psychologists.

Training

The rehabilitation sections (stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury) maintain an accredited residency program in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. We support 15 positions with entry levels at PGY-I and PGY-II. We encourage applicants with diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. Our group of rehabilitation specialists also offers fellowships in the following areas:

  • Brain Injury Rehabilitation
  • Neuro-Rehabilitation
  • Spinal Cord Injury Neurorehabilitation
  • Stroke/Cerebrovascular Disease Rehabilitation

Faculty

Contact Information: Brain Injury Rehab

Patients Seen At

Mailing Address:
Washington University School of Medicine
Department of Neurology
660 S. Euclid Ave., CB 8111
St. Louis, MO 63110

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