A Wealth of Resources for Brain Injury Outpatients

Beyond Magazine

Mar 19, 2020

This article was originally published in our Fall 2019 Issue of Brooks Rehabilitation Beyond Magazine. Subscribe online.

“Brain injuries in and of themselves are very complex. Typically, cognitive, communication and physical deficits all come together in a brain injury. While there are common threads, no two brain injuries are the same because of how complex — and individualized — the brain is for each person,” said Gina Brunetti, PT, DPT, NCS. In the outpatient setting, patients with brain injuries can get the one-on-one, individualized therapies they need — neuro, physical, speech and/or occupational therapies — at one of Brooks’ 39 clinics throughout Florida.

“What’s great about Brooks is how many resources we have available,” said Dr. Brunetti. “Specifically, at the Healthcare Plaza outpatient clinic where I work, we have a neurologic gym and an orthopedic gym. So, if someone has both a brain injury and a limb injury, I can draw on the orthopedic specialists to assist me. Our Motion Analysis Center is here also, so we can readily do a gate analysis for neurological impairments that affect walking.”

For Dr. Brunetti, working with outpatients means having the opportunity to be with them for a longer period as they transition back to their day-to-day lives. “Helping brain injury patients get back to doing the things they love, participating with their families and community again, has made a deep impact on me.”

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