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Brain Injury
Patient Stories

Eric Edmundson

Eric Edmundson

Eric, a military veteran, suffered a complex combination of traumatic brain injury and anoxic brain injury in a roadside bomb explosion in Iraq.

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Andrew Heytow

Andrew was involved in a helicopter crash that left him with a traumatic brain injury.

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Omar Al-Dhafiri

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Omar and his father traveled from Kuwait to Chicago for Omar's care after he sustained a traumatic brain injury.

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RIC Brain Injury

Brain Injury Rehabilitation

If you or someone you love has had a brain injury, you may feel overwhelmed by the uncertainty of the recovery process. The brain affects everything a person does. And because no two brain injuries are alike, it's difficult to know what lasting effects the injury may have—how it will affect who a person is. With so much at stake, you want to know you or your loved one receives the best care. A nationally recognized leader, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Brain Injury Medicine and Rehabilitation Program offers a comprehensive rehabilitative approach that provides the best hope for restored ability.

Understanding the brain means better outcomes

Whatever the cause or severity of brain injury, our goal is to get our patients back to their lives and families—as much as possible, back to the people they were before the injury. More than 50 years of experience and research has given us a unique understanding of the brain's complexities and its capacity for healing. Every year, we help more than 700 brain injury patients from around the world relearn physical, intellectual, communication, psychosocial and work-related skills. This high volume translates directly into better outcomes for our patients.

The brain contains approximately a hundred billion cells, with a hundred trillion connections among them. Injury and disease can damage the way brain cells function affecting memory, behavior, thinking, problem solving, physical abilities, judgment—even personality. RIC clinicians utilize the brain's adaptive capacity (known as neuroplasticity) to reroute connections, relocate compromised areas of function and strengthen remaining connections to maximize ability and quality of life; RIC researchers work on the newest developments, giving patients early access to cutting-edge treatments. 

Individualized, collaborative care for brain injuries

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.