Brain Injury Rehabilitation

A brain injury is frightening thing to face. But through the wide range of unique, innovative therapies and technology at INTEGRIS, we can regain your confidence and independence.

INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation

Make the most of this opportunity.

After the Injury

A brain injury is a frightening thing to face. Whether it was the result of an injury or accident – a traumatic brain injury (TBI) – or acquired due to illness or injury (acquired brain injury or ABI), at INTEGRIS, the injury isn’t the end of the story. Your brain is an incredible organ. It can be surprisingly flexible, reorganizing itself to regain lost function. This is known as brain 'plasticity'.

The goal of rehabilitation is to help your brain learn alternative ways of working, in order to minimize the long-term impact of the injury. It’s important to understand that the deficits you might see today aren’t permanent. It’s impossible to predict what the outcome will be, however we strive to increase your independence while decreasing caregivers burden of care.

Recovery for the Whole Person

INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation offers the most comprehensive range of inpatient and outpatient services in the region. Our interdisciplinary team is dedicated to recovery not just of physical deficits, but of the whole person – emotionally, physically, mentally and socially.

Our primary goal is to ensure you not only survive, but learn to thrive with your new situation or new normal.

Understanding Brain Injury Rehabilitation

We want to do more than teach you how to simply survive and go through the motions of everyday life. We want to help you thrive - and make the most of this second chance you have been given. We offer a combination of therapies and services that do just that. Some, you won’t find anywhere else in the region.

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Horticulture Therapy
  • Pet-Assisted Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Speech/Language Pathology
  • Psychological Services
  • Social Work
  • Home Evaluation for Accessibility Modifications
  • Physical Medicine Physicians
  • Dietetics
  • Wound Care

The INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation brain injury program utilizes specialized equipment and technology to enhance the traditional therapies provided. Some examples of the equipment and technology that is available include:

  • Specialized rooms for patients and families
  • Quiet treatment room to allow decreased stimulation during therapy sessions
  • Psychological services - testing recommendations and follow up provided as needed
  • Wander guard system -  a system to prevent elopement from our facility
  • Bioness integrated Therapy System ®: A computer system that can be used while sitting or standing to help incorporate balance, coordination, as well as memory and reaction time. There are many different games and activities that can be individualized for each patient and their goals.
  • Vital Stim® – A system that delivers external electrical stimulation therapy to the throat muscles for the treatment of dysphagia (trouble swallowing).
  • Aquatic Center – Located at INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation at Southwest Medical Center, the Aquatic Center takes advantage of the properties of water to enhance physical therapy treatments to help with walking and balance. The water can also improve upper body range of motion and strength. Often individuals are able to identify and see movements in the water before they see them on land. The activities worked on in the water are carried over into land therapy.
  • Mobility Center: Jim Thorpe’s Mobility Center uses a variety of different state of the art technologies to help you regain your ability to walk.
    - Lokomat ®: Robotic assisted walking therapy that uses computerized legs, harness, and treadmill. It promotes a natural walking pattern with multiple adjustments for pace and assistance level.
    - LiteGait ®: A partial weight-bearing walking device.
  • Bioness H200®: A wireless device that uses electrical stimulation to improve hand function and strength. It can allow individuals with limited hand strength to grasp, hold, and release things such as a cup, razor, or key.Bioness L300 Plus: A devise that can be worn on the upper and/or lower leg. It uses electrical stimulation to activate leg muscles during walking or standing.
  • Armeo Spring®: A hand and arm retraining and rehabilitation system that provides arm weight support and real-time feedback through on-screen games and activities. The Armeo Spring enables patients to use any remaining motor functions and encourages them to achieve a higher number of reach and grasp movements based on specific therapy goals.
  • Galileo® Whole Body Vibration System: An alternating vibration system that can be used while sitting or standing. The alternating vibration helps to mimic the movements of the pelvis during walking and can be used to decreasing spasticity, increasing balance, increasing strength and increasing circulation.

Education is crucial to the rehabilitation process – for both the patient and the family. Such sessions are held on a regular basis, and include the following topics and more:

  • Anatomy/Physiology
  • Bowel/Bladder
  • Coping
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Financial Planning
  • Home Modifications
  • Secondary Medical Complications
  • Self-Care
  • Equipment Needs
  • Community Resources
  • Sports and Leisure
  • Sexuality Coping and Adjustment

Support Services

INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation brain injury program feels that education and family/caregiver support is a vital part of the rehabilitation process. Below are some ways we connect:

  • Community Outings: Getting around in the community can be intimidating, but we schedule regular community outings for those in inpatient programs to help you get comfortable with it before you’re officially discharged.
  • Family Conference: There’s a lot for families to understand, so we like to get everyone in the same room to discuss any personal or family concerns.
  • Home Evaluation: To provide assistance and recommendations for possible home modifications
  • Peer Mentor Program: People who have lived through a similar diagnosis or injury as the one you are experiencing are often the best resource. Many of our former Jim Thorpe “graduates” return on a regular basis to talk to and encourage patients who are just starting their own rehabilitation journey. 
  • Specialized training for you and your caregiver(s)
  • Caregiver support group: To provide continual support and resources 
  • Survivor support group: To provide continual support and resources after your hospital stay.
  • Community events: To offer socialization opportunities for you and your family with other brain injury survivors and their families.
  • ThinkFirst events: To offer platforms for you and your family to visit with school classes regarding brain injury and prevention.

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