During a college party Matthew jumped from a second story balcony and hit his head. The accident put him in a coma and caused a serious brain injury. Months later, he is back at Central Michigan University, walking and working to get his speech back fully. Read Matthew's story.
Brain Injury Rehabilitation
Recognized as a national leader in the treatment of brain injuries, the brain injury program at DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan (RIM) has been helping people with brain injuries rebuild their lives since 1979.
Today, RIM treats more than 250 brain injury inpatients a year. Our high inpatient volume and diverse patient population mean our team of experts is experienced in treating all types of brain injuries, including the most complex cases.
RIM houses the Southeastern Michigan Traumatic Brain Injury System (SEMBTIS), which conducts ground breaking brain injury research that is vital to future advances in the treatment and recovery of persons with brain injuries.
The Patient Experience
RIM's specialized inpatient and outpatient brain injury rehabilitation programs have been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF recognized our programs as meeting the highest standards in quality, safety and outcome measures.
RIM's state-of-the-art Neuroscience Unit for Stroke and Brain Injury Recovery is equipped with some of the most advanced neurorecovery technology available for stroke and brain injury recovery, and is staffed by experts who have specialized training in stroke and brain injury recovery.
RIM's Brain Injury Team is led by a physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation (known as a physiatrist). Other members of the team include:
- Rehab nursing
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Speech-language pathology
- Respiratory therapy
- Therapeutic recreation
- Social work
RIM’s team also involves patients and their family members at every step of the treatment process, so that everyone can make informed decisions about inpatient and outpatient services, follow-up care, home adjustments and other special needs.
RIM's brain injury program incorporates therapeutic techniques based on the newest information available from emerging research around the globe. Patients have access to some of the most promising and advanced therapies for brain recovery including:
- The Zero G, a body-weight supported treadmill training device to improve gait performance and mobility
- The Armeo Spring, which promotes constraint induced therapy to strengthen motor function
- The InMotion2, an upper extremity robotic therapy to help build new neural pathways
- Dynavision 2® to address visual impairments, balance and attention
- Pharmacologic interventions to manage spasticity
- Advanced therapeutic interventions to improve speech and swallowing
RIM also provides a wide range of specialty services including:
For more information about RIM's inpatient brain injury rehabilitation program or to schedule a tour of our Neuroscience Unit for Stroke Therapy and Brain Injury Recovery, call (313) 745-1000.
Outpatient Brain Injury Rehab Program
Once a patient is discharged from our inpatient stroke program, treatment continues seamlessly, as the information from our acute care hospital is transferred to the outpatient facility prior to the start of care. Through electronic medical record, case management and staff contact, we ensure a smooth transition and peace of mind, that the quality of care you have come to expect, will continue. Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan’s outpatient program is designed to help individuals return back to their homes, work and community activities.
Specialized brain injury rehabilitation is available at the following RIM outpatient locations:
More About Brain Injury Rehab at The DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan
For more than 60 years, the Detroit Medical Center's (DMC) Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan (RIM) has been dedicated to helping people with rehabilitation of traumatic brain injuries and physical disabilities achieve the best life possible. As a national leader in the delivery of physical medicine and brain injury rehabilitation services, The Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan has become a trusted organization that attracts patients, traumatic brain injury rehab specialists, and health care professionals from around the world. While best known for treating complex conditions such as stroke, brain injury and spinal cord injury, RIM brings the same level of expertise to helping those with more common conditions including arthritis, back pain, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic and sports injuries. With its 94 bed inpatient hospital located at the DMC and over 30 outpatient therapy sites throughout southeastern Michigan, RIM is one of the nation's largest rehabilitation hospitals specializing in physical medicine, spinal cord injury and brain injury rehabilitation. As one of the nation’s largest rehab hospitals specializing in rehabilitation medicine and research, RIM is known for its clinical expertise in traumatic brain injury, complex trauma and orthopedics and catastrophic injury care. The Institute is home to many innovative brain injury rehab programs in Southeastern Michigan with a world-class brain injury rehab center designed to implement and study innovative treatments in TBI rehabilitation.