Neurorehabilitation & Robotics

Regaining independence following brain, spine, nerve or muscle damage is a process that can take days, months or even years—and it often requires help from rehabilitation therapists who have advanced knowledge of recovery. Physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists at the Indiana University Health Neuroscience Center work together in Indiana’s largest rehabilitation program to help people recover from neurological disease, disorders and injuries.

Our rehabilitation therapists practice on the first floor of the IU Health Neuroscience Center in Neurorehabilitation and Robotics. They also provide acute neurorehabilitation care in all IU Health Indianapolis-area hospitals to ensure patients receive the same customized care as they transition from inpatient care to home care, outpatient care or full independence. IU Health rehabilitation therapists participate in leading edge research, benefiting patients who receive rehabilitation services at the IU Health Neuroscience Center.

The physical therapy and rehabilitation services team works with physiatrists, neurologists, neurosurgeons and other specialists to provide comprehensive care for adults and children. The IU Health Neuroscience Center offers innovative treatment for the following conditions:

  • Movement disorders
  • Neuromuscular impairments
  • Acute or traumatic injuries
  • Balance disorders
  • Cancer
  • Congenital problems
  • Chronic conditions
  • Stroke

The team develops individualized care plans with a wide range of services, including:

  • Audiology
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Orthotics
  • Robotic-assisted therapy for movement disorders
  • Motion analysis
  • Speech pathology

Advanced Techniques

Located on the first floor of the IU Health Neuroscience Center, Neurorehabilitation and Robotics features the latest techniques and technology to aid people recovering from neurological injury and disease. Some of the leading edge therapies and technology include:

  • Upper- and lower-extremity robotic technology
  • NeuroCom Balance Master System (for balance assessment and treatment)
  • Vestibular rehabilitation (for chronic dizziness and balance disorders)
  • Augmentative alternative communication (for those who have lost the ability to speak)
  • Motion analysis laboratory
  • Body weight-supported gait training
  • Sensory integration

Patient Story

Anna's Story

Anna is just 9 years old, but she is at the leading edge of rehabilitation medicine. Anna, who has cerebral palsy, is reprogramming her brain using interactive robotics technology at the Robotic Rehabilitation Center at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. After just two months of robotic therapy, Anna could walk with her walker for an entire trip through the grocery store. Her endurance and gait continue to improve, and she now asks her mom to go for walks. And after just one month of working with the "arm robot," Anna can eat with her left hand for the first time.