UCI Health will see you now: Welcome to our new co-workers and patients from Fountain Valley, Lakewood, Los Alamitos and Placentia-Linda! 


Brain Injury Rehabilitation Services

When you have suffered a brain injury, you may need rehabilitation to regain your previous abilities or learn new ones.

Our approach to brain injury rehabilitation is collaborative. Our team of certified speech, occupational and physical therapists work to meet your unique needs by helping you improve your strength, coordination, movement, occupations, safety, communication, cognition and swallowing function. When regaining previous abilities isn't possible, our team will teach you strategies to compensate for these changes.

Brain injury types

We rehabilitate patients with all types of brain injuries:

  • Open and closed head traumas
  • Traumatic brain injuries, including concussion, second-impact syndrome, penetrating injury and locked-in syndrome
  • Acquired brain injury disorders, which includes stroke, near drowning, hypoxic or anoxic brain injury, tumor, neurotoxins, electric shock and lightning strike

Brain injury treatment team

Our team of specialists include:

  • Speech language pathologists (SLP): Our speech language pathologists are trained to help you regain skills or learn compensatory strategies in the areas of communication, memory, problem solving and swallowing.
  • Physical therapists (PT): Our physical therapists can teach you how to prevent or manage your condition so you will achieve long-term health benefits. PTs examine each individual and develop a plan, using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function and prevent disability.
  • Occupational therapists (OT): Our specialized occupational therapists help maximize your functional independence and reintegrate you back into your home and community the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations) such as self-care, home and community management and leisure participation.

Brain injury conditions

When you have suffered a brain injury, your treatment is designed to resolve any of the following issues:

  • High tone, spasticity, pain, weakness or poor control in the upper extremity (shoulder, elbow, wrist and/or hand)
  • Challenges returning to previous life and activities
  • Visual-perceptual changes and/or vision disturbances
  • Functional cognitive limitations
  • Self-care limitations, including bathing, bowel and bladder issues
  • Difficulty managing home and community skills
  • Behavioral and psychosocial changes
  • Social participation limitations
  • Falls and poor safety awareness

Brain injury treatments

We treat your brain injury by selecting therapies that meet your unique needs. The treatments our therapists provide focus on helping you adapt to your environment, modify tasks and relearn skills.

We also work with you and your family to encourage participation in the daily activities that are meaningful to you. We want to help you make progress and achieve your goals, which can be related to your home, community, work or school environment.

Our therapists provide special expertise in developing therapeutic daily routines and activities that emphasize the things you want and need to enjoy your life.

Therapies and services we offer include:

  • Individualized evaluation
  • Management of the upper extremity
  • Vision screening, therapy strategies and referrals
  • Functional cognitive re-training and strategies for life roles
  • Home and community re-training (cooking, shopping, cleaning, transportation)
  • Modifying the home environment to reduce falls and improve safety
  • Self-care retraining
  • Use of adaptive equipment
  • Exploration of returning to work, school and/or volunteer roles

Contact us

    A physician referral is required for rehabilitation services. To learn more, call:

    • Occupational and Physical Therapy: 714-456-5571
    • Speech Therapy: 714-456-6682
    Make an Appointment


    In this Section