People often think strokes only affect older people, but a stroke can strike at any age. During basketball practice, 14-year-old Phoenix North collapsed and suffered a massive stroke. Three surgeries and many months of rehab later, Phoenix continues to make progress. Read Pheonix's story.
A stroke can be devastating, robbing people of their mobility, speech, independence and freedom to live life. But recovery from stroke is possible. Research shows that early and specialized rehabilitation can help maximize a person's physical and cognitive recovery and enhance quality of life.
Our goal-directed approach to stroke rehabilitation focuses on helping patients:
- Regain mobility and improve balance
- Learn the skills necessary to perform daily activities
- Improve speech and swallowing
- Develop new cognitive and behavioral strategies to compensate for any deficits
The Patient Experience
RIM's Inpatient Stroke Rehabilitation Program is 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 (watch video) is equipped with the most advanced neurorecovery technology available and is staffed by experts in stroke rehabilitation.
RIM's Stroke 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 stroke 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 stroke rehabilitation program or to schedule a tour of our Neuroscience Unit for Stroke Therapy and Brain Injury Recovery, call (313) 745-1000.
Outpatient Stroke 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 stroke rehabilitation is available at the following RIM outpatient locations:
More About Stroke 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 recover from stroke and other physical disabilities. As a national leader in the delivery of physical medicine and stroke rehabilitation services, the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan has become a trusted organization that attracts patients, stroke specialists, and health care professionals from around the world. While best known for treating ischemic strokes and the most complex cases such as spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury, RIM brings the same level of expertise to helping those with more common conditions including arthritis, back pain, brain injuries, orthopedic and sports injuries. With its 94 bed inpatient hospital located at the DMC and over 30 outpatient stroke recovery treatment centers and therapy sites throughout southeastern Michigan, RIM is one of the nation's largest rehabilitation hospitals specializing in physical medicine, stroke rehab and stroke recovery treatment. As one of the nation’s largest rehab hospitals specializing in rehabilitation medicine and research, RIM is known for its clinical expertise in stroke therapy, complex trauma and orthopedics and catastrophic injury care. The Institute's stroke rehab programs in Southeastern Michigan are designed to implement and study innovative treatments in stroke recovery treatment.