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:
Neuropsychology Clinic: Conducts assessments and makes recommendations for treatment, based on objective testing of memory and thinking skills
Evidence-based Aphasia Clinic: For patients with communication difficulties
Concussion Clinic: For patients with mild to moderate concussion symptoms.
Full-Time Clinical Staff include:
Maurizio Corbetta, MD, Section Head
David L. Brody, MD, PhD
Alexandre Carter, MD, PhD
Robert P. Fucetola, PhD
Thy Nguyen Huskey, MD
Sindhu Saji Jacob, MD
Nicole Werner, PhD
Martin B. Wice, MD
A community-based outpatient center dedicated to people with acquired stroke and brain injury is located on the first floor of The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis. This center includes a day treatment program, neuropsychological services, and a specialty clinic for the treatment of people with aphasia.
Spinal Cord Rehabilitation
The goals of the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) section are to provide state-of-the-art comprehensive rehabilitation and long-term care for individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) and to lead the development and implementation of new acute and chronic rehabilitative treatments for these patients. The program also provides amputee rehabilitation.
Full-time Clinical Staff include:
Oksana Volshteyn, MD, Section Head
Rimma Ruvinskaya, MD
Neringa Juknis, MD