Neurorehabilitation and Neurorobotics

A new frontier in neuro-rehabilitation

Programs that Save Lives

Recovering from a major injury, such as a broken leg, can take months, but recovering from a brain or spinal cord injury or disorder can take years. In some cases, the recovery takes a lifetime. Barrow Neurological Institute’s neuro-rehabilitation programs help patients with this process so that they can find their path toward a healthy and productive future.

Neuro-rehabilitation programs at Barrow are all encompassing of patients’ needs, and include:

  • Acute inpatient neurorehabilitation
  • Inpatient rehabilitation unit
  • Center for Transitional Neurorehabilitation (CTN)
  • Outpatient rehabilitation

The leading doctors and clinicians in these programs help patients return to their highest level of function and independence as quickly as possible so they can lead fulfilling lives.

Robotics changing the course of rehabilitation

In addition to more traditional therapies, Barrow is leading the way in robotic therapy. Customized robotic therapy can support patients as they learn to walk or help them relearn how to use an arm or hand, by providing resistance or completing the motion.

Robotics are helping patients relearn to use their hands, arms and walk

Barrow doctors and therapists are at the forefront of researching the capabilities of robots. Their goal is to create a database to collect information and compare a patient’s needs with what has worked for others.

Watch Jovana Calzadillas, a victim of the Las Vegas mass shooting in fall 2017, walk with the assistance of the exoskeleton and the Barrow rehab team.

Patients thrive after intensive therapy

Since its opening in 1986, CTN has played a vital part in the neuro-rehabilitation program. Participants come to CTN for four to five days a week and remain in the program from six to 18 months. It is a holistic approach to recovery that includes cognitive, emotional, interpersonal, spiritual, physical, language and functional aspects. The goal of CTN is to help patients return to independence and productive work or schooling. CTN is truly impactful and valuable for so many patients, and the sense of joy and accomplishment they feel when they reach the CTN graduation milestone is heartwarming and contagious.

Helping a patient through neuro-rehab is a team effort. Neurosurgeons, physical and rehabilitation specialists, neurologists, psychiatrists and neuropsychologists all play a role in the continuum of care. Different types of therapists, including speech and language therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists and recreational therapists are involved.

Jovanna Calzadillas' recovery at Barrow
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Vegas shooting victim’s miraculous recovery

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