Minneapolis VA Health Care System
Brain Injury Rehabilitation
Brain Injury and Polytrauma Rehabilitation is part of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) department. Our services are built on a continuum of care that includes our inpatient, transitional/residential, and outpatient brain injury programs. All programs on our brain injury continuum of care are CARF accredited.
Brain injury is harm to the brain that affects is structure or function that can cause changes in thinking, communicating, physical functioning or psychosocial behavior. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can include open head injuries from gun shots or other penetrating sources or closed head injuries like blunt force trauma or blast exposure. Nontraumatic brain injury can include bleeding on the brain, tumors, infectious disease and loss of oxygen to the brain (anoxia or hypoxia). Brain injury of any type can range from mild to severe and depending on the severity, rehabilitation needs can vary widely.
Our Emerging Consciousness (EC) program is part of our inpatient rehab program and specializes in assessment and treatment and care of survivors of severe to profound brain injury who present with disorders of consciousness (also known as coma). The EC program includes significant case management services and special attention to family members.
Polytrauma occurs when multiple injuries happen at the same time that affect multiple body parts or organ systems. Frequently, but not always, polytrauma happens in combat with blast exposure and results in physical, cognitive, psychological, or psychosocial impairments and functional disabilities. TBI frequently occurs as part of the polytrauma spectrum in combination with other disabling conditions, such as amputations, burns, pain, fractures, auditory and visual impairments, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental health conditions. Polytrauma Rehabilitation is designed to treat all symptoms at the same time but with priority of consideration given to the cognitive and physical impacts of the TBI.
The focus of brain injury and polytrauma rehabilitation is to improve functional independence, improve quality of life, and provide support during recovery. Services include attention to mental well-being, family dynamics, and community reintegration.
Minneapolis Brain Injury Rehabilitation is a member of the VA national Polytrauma System of Care and we serve as a Rehab hub for other VA Medical Centers in the Upper Midwest. Our inpatient rehab program is one of 5 VHA Polytrauma Rehab Centers and our outpatient brain injury program serves as the Polytrauma Network site for VISN 23.
One Veterans Drive,
Minneapolis, MN 55417
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.