Brain Injury Rehabilitation - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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A World Leader in Advancing Human Ability™

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago has been a leader in brain injury rehabilitation services for more than two decades. Our patients with brain injuries benefit because RIC is both a teaching and a research institution at the forefront of medical technological advances.

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Brain Injury

Your Brain Injury Rehabilitation Experts

Our specialized team of brain injury experts includes a neurologist, physiatrists (doctors who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation) nurses, clinical social workers, psychologists, occupational and physical therapists, speech and language pathologists, and other specialists.

Because we care for people with many types of brain injury, we know that each is unique, with specific needs, capabilities and potential. Therefore, each patient's treatment is completely individualized and modified as recovery progresses. Together, the rehabilitation team, patient and family set appropriate goals and work together to achieve these goals. Patients also benefit from RIC's many specialized services, which complement the core team in helping patients realize their full potential.

RIC Treats the folowing types of brain injury

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  • Anoxic brain injury
  • Mild traumatic brain injury (tbi)
  • Moderate traumatic brain injury (tbi)
  • Severe traumatic brain injury (tbi)
  • Closed head injuries
  • Concussions
  • Brain tumor
  • Disease entities (such as encephalitis)
  • Metabolic disorders that lead to brain injury

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Patient Stories

Our patients share their experiences

Maria Diamond Alfred Hoffman Jordan Krimstien

Maria Diamond

Alfred Hoffman

Jordan Krimstein

College Student, Age 22 Wheaton, IL Maria was home from Notre Dame for winter break when she was struck with a pounding headache. She went to bed and awoke in the middle of the night...

Former US Ambassador to Portugal, Age 79 North Palm Beach, FL As the founder of Florida’s largest real estate development company and the appointed Ambassador to the Republic of Portugal by President Bush, Al Hoffman had always been...

Artist, Age 80 Ft. Sheridan, IL Jordan “Jordie” Krimstein couldn’t figure out how to put on his favorite sweatshirt. He had done it hundreds of times before, but on the morning of his stroke...

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RIC's Unique Care

Research, Recovery, and Innovation

RIC sets the standard for care by our novel approach to treatment. An expert, integrated team of clinicians and researchers work together to set individual patient goals, tackle challenges, and innovate solutions that improve patient recovery.

Integrated Care Model

  • Physical Therapists will help with your mobility
  • Occupational Therapists will help with activities of daily living
  • Speech/Language Pathologists may help with your eating, drinking, and cognition
  • Seating Assistance, Orthotics and Prosthetics, and Recreational Therapy may also be available

RIC's Continuum of Care

RIC's care model is designed to drive down medical costs by focusing on successfully integrating patients into the community sooner and practicing skills that support their return to meaninful life roles at home and work.

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RIC Stroke Recovery - Coordination and Strength

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The world’s best research directly impacts your recovery

RIC has more than 350 clinical studies underway, nearly 200 of those specifically dedicated to improving treatments and recovery from stroke.

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Walking Trials

Robotics Lab

Non-invasive Brain

Our research has proven that increasing the distance a patient walks each day and elevating their heart rate leads to better outcomes. Following your assessment we can determine whether you may benefit from RIC’s intensive gait trials. RIC’s lab uses assistive devices to facilitate finger extension, grasp and hand recovery. Used with clinical therapists in a Virtual Reality environment, researchers are advancing new treatments for stroke patients affected by hand weakness and paralysis. A stimulator equipped with an MRI is used to navigate and test whether brain stimulation can reduce inappropriate nerve impulses to the injured side of the brain after a stroke, ultimately improving hand and arm movements and eliminating paralyzing symptoms.

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