The Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Outpatient Program uses an interdisciplinary approach toward providing unique and individualized treatment to patients with traumatic brain injury and their families, with a goal of improving their quality of life. Our expertise spans the entire continuum of brain injury severity, from mild TBI / concussion to severe TBI. The program serves people ages 13 and older with cognitive, physical and/or psychological impairment resulting from their injury. Children ages 12 and under are cared for in our Pediatric Brain Injury Program.
Over 16,000 TBIs occur in the state of Minnesota annually. Over 85% of these are mild TBIs, also referred to as concussions. Symptoms of a mild TBI can go unrecognized and untreated. When seen by a specialist in TBI, people experiencing symptoms can get better faster and avoid long-term chronic complications.
What to Expect at Your First Appointment
You will be scheduled for an initial evaluation with a provider specializing in traumatic brain injury:
- Board Certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) / Brain Injury Medicine Physicians
- Nurse Practitioner
- Physician Assistant
After a thorough examination and cognitive screening, a customized plan of care is developed to address your specific areas of concern. A TBI nurse is available to answer questions about your medications or plan of care.
Depending on your specific rehabilitation need you may be referred to members of our interdisciplinary team which is made up of:
- Developmental Optometrist
- Clinical Psychologist
- Registered Nurse
- Occupational Therapist / Neuro Vision Rehabilitation
- Physical Therapist / Vestibular Rehabilitation
- Speech-Language Pathologist
- Audiologist / Vestibular Assessment
- Social Services
Each team member will perform an initial evaluation and establish an individualized treatment plan based on your needs.
Should I Make an Appointment?
One of the most common reasons people come to the Traumatic Brain Injury Outpatient Program is the frustrating sense that "something just doesn't feel right". It is often the unexpected symptoms from a TBI that can be most challenging to deal with. If you find you are now struggling with any of these symptoms please make an appointment.
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.”