Traumatic Brain Injury Outpatient Program

Parkside Professional Center
825 South 8th Street, Suite 600
Minneapolis MN 55404

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The Traumatic Brain Injury Outpatient Program offers a unique system of diagnosing, treating and caring for patients who are experiencing post-traumatic effects of an injury to the brain.

Mild to moderate brain injury can occur any time there is a sudden, violent movement of the head. 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. Often a diagnosis is not made until symptoms occur. Many factors contribute to mild to moderate brain injuries being overlooked, including the patient's recovery from more apparent injuries.

"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:

  • Headache
  • Forgetfulness
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue, change in sleep habits
  • Nausea
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Noticeable mood changes
  • Irritability

Diagnosis and Treatment

After a thorough examination and cognitive assessment by a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician 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, neurosurgery, neuropsychology, neuro-ophthalmology, neuroscience nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, vestibular rehabilitation, psychology, psychiatry, 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.