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Hospital offers free assessments for patients with brain injuries

Bolingbrook – Whether it’s from a fall, a car accident or even a stroke, traumatic brain injury can cause physical, emotional and memory problems. Each year, 1.4 million Americans suffer from traumatic brain injury, which is defined as a blow or jolt to the head.


To help improve the quality of life for people living with brain injury, therapists at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Center can help treat the physical and cognitive problems.


“Our therapists are skilled at providing cognitive rehabilitation in speech therapy; physical rehabilitation of headaches and vertigo in physical and occupational therapy,” said Carl Burdinie, director of the hospital’s rehabilitation department.


Cognitive rehabilitation can be particularly helpful for individuals who have had memory loss problems. “These interventions can help restore people’s independence so they can return to living healthy, productive lives,” Burdinie said.


During March, which is recognized as Brain Injury Prevention Month, the rehabilitation department at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital is offering free evaluations to individuals who may have suffered a brain injury. During the assessment, the therapist tests the patient’s balance, memory and concentration. Based on the assessment results, therapists determine a treatment plan in collaboration with the patient’s physician.


The rehabilitation department also offers free educational information on preventing sports-related injuries for local schools, local athletic associations and parents. Information is also available for older adults on preventing falls.


To schedule an appointment for a free assessment, call the therapy department at 630-312-5900. The assessment will determine if therapy interventions can help.