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You can do more than you think you can.

The idea of losing your independence is scary. For patients recovering from brain, spinal cord or nervous system illnesses or conditions, therapy plays an important role. It helps to maintain your independence and perform everyday activities again. The level of recovery will vary for each person depending on their condition or injury.

Our therapists use assistive technology, adaptive equipment and teach “workarounds” (known as compensatory strategy training) for neurological patients. Our tools and education help patients live as full a life as possible, despite physical or mental challenges. We also collaborate with specialists across VCU Health to ensure every person is able to maintain the gains made during therapy and bring them back home.

Neurological rehabilitation services provide therapies for recovery from:

  • Cerebrovascular accidents
  • Traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury
  • Concussions
  • Neurodegenerative conditions (Parkinson’s disease or ALS)
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Huntington disease
  • Amputation
  • Inner ear disorders
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Stroke (including two Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialists)
  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Adult cerebral palsy
  • Adult progressive movement disorders
  • Various rare neurological disorders

Leaders in a national concussion study

We also participate in an extensive concussion research grant taking place at the N.O.W. Center and the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU Health. As part of this $62 million federal grant, our researchers oversee a national research consortium of universities, hospitals and clinics that are studying both combat injuries (from blast or bullet) and civilian injuries, such as those from car accidents, sports injuries and falls.