Traumatic Brain Injury Outpatient Program
Referrers and patients
For a seamless transition into our care for patients, please fax the completed form with medical records so we can expedite scheduling. Please fax to 612-873-1635.
Traumatic brain injury can occur any time there is a sudden, violent movement of the head, blow or jolt to the head or body that disrupts how the brain functions. This happens when there is obvious head trauma, but it also can occur inside the skull when the brain absorbs impact as it hits the inside of the skull.
This program treats all levels of traumatic brain injury with clinics for ages 13 and older. another clinic treats children 12 years and younger. For management of TBI in children ages 12 and younger, please visit the pediatric brain injury program page.
- Min Jeong Park Graf, MBBS, Medical Director, Traumatic Brain Injury Outpatient Program, 612-873-9494
- Kary Lehman Briner, LICSW, Traumatic Brain Injury Outpatient Program Coordinator, 612-873-3284
"Something just doesn't 'feel' right"
This is one of the most common reasons patients come to the Traumatic Brain Injury Outpatient Program. The patient may look fine — he or she is recovering from obvious injuries and can perform activities of daily living — but things "just don't seem right."
For patients and families already trying to adjust through recovery issues, it's very frustrating to deal with the unexpected symptoms of mild to moderate brain injury, including:
- Trouble remembering
- Difficulty concentrating, organizing daily tasks, making decisions
- Feeling dazed or foggy
- Feeling tired all of the time, lack of energy or motivation
- Feeling irritable, having sudden emotional outbursts
- Change in work of school performance
- Change in sleep pattern – sleeping much longer than before, having trouble sleeping
- Loss of balance, feeling lightheaded or dizzy
- Increased sensitivity to light or noise
- Blurred vision or any changes in vision
- Ringing in the ears
Diagnosis and Treatment
After a thorough examination and cognitive assessment by a physical medicine and rehabilitation provider specializing in traumatic brain injury, a customized plan of care is developed to address specific areas of concern. The Traumatic Brain Injury Outpatient Program team includes professionals in physical medicine and rehabilitation, developmental optometry, neuropsychology, neuroscience nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, vestibular rehabilitation, psychology, and social services.
This program is for people ages 13 and older. For management of TBI in children ages 12 and younger, please visit the pediatric brain injury program page.
The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accredits the Traumatic Brain Injury Center Interdisciplinary Outpatient Rehabilitation Programs: Brain Injury Program for adults, children and adolescents. This accreditation demonstrates the TBI Outpatient Program’s commitment to quality improvement, safety and patient satisfaction by achieving the highest level of accreditation for this program. The surveyors commented that: “The interdisciplinary outpatient brain injury specialty program has several innovative initiatives due to a creative and talented team that includes neuro vision rehabilitation as well as comprehensive interdisciplinary staff with brain injury specialists in occupational therapy, speech language pathology, neuropsychology, psychology, social work, nursing and physical therapy.”