Getting to “the New Normal”


Representative Gabrielle Giffords’ traumatic brain injury has heightened the American public’s awareness of the survival and recovery process. At each step of her recovery we have been exposed to the question of “what outcome is attainable?” and “when will the process of recovery stop?”. For those of us who work in the field of brain injury rehabilitation we have come to grips with the idea that recovery from a brain injury involves embracing a new understanding of “normal” and that the process of recovery continues way beyond the end of rehabilitation and may continue throughout the person’s life.

The process of acute medical rehabilitation, such as Representative Giffords is experiencing at TIRR in Houston is highly complex and involves helping her regain lost functions. Dr. Sanjay Gupta visited TIRR and participated in a day-long rehabilitation program similar to the types of activities in Representative Giffords’ program. The short video provides a first hand look at brain injury rehabilitation which is important to understanding the process of recovery and relearning.

Click here to see Dr. Gupta’s look at neurorehab.

About Rolf Gainer Ph.D.

Dr. Rolf Gainer is the founder of the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma as well as the Neurological Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario, in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Gainer is a psychologist with more than twenty-five years of experience in the treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. Dr. Gainer has designed and operated innovative rehabilitation programs in the United States and Canada for individuals who have been regarded as difficult to serve. He is currently involved in conducting two outcome studies related to the long-term issues faced by individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. He has presented papers throughout the United States and Canada in many professional conferences and educational forums.
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