Neurological Rehabilitation

Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy for Neurological Conditions

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Neurological rehabilitation (also called neurorehabilitation or neuro rehab) helps people with nervous system or neurological injuries and diseases improve physical and cognitive function, minimize symptoms, and regain independence. You may be referred for neuro rehab if you are recovering from a stroke, injury, or surgery, or have been diagnosed with a neurological condition. Our physical therapists and occupational therapists work with you and with other members of your health care team to provide personalized treatment.

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Why Is Neurorehabilitation Important?

Our physical therapists and occupational therapists can help you improve your strength and balance, move properly, and regain or compensate for any physical and cognitive limitations. Increasing your activity can reduce your risk for diabetes, heart problems, and lung problems and can improve your overall quality of life. 

Our neuro rehab providers are specially trained to work with people who have neurologic conditions. Our goal is to help you live your life independently again.

Your Assessment

At your first appointment, you will have a complete physical and cognitive evaluation so we can better understand your diagnosis and needs. Based on the results of this assessment, you will work with a physical therapist or occupational therapist who is specially trained in neurorehabilitation. They will work with you and your loved ones to set goals and create a treatment plan.

Treatment Sessions
You may work with an occupational therapist, a physical therapist, or both. Treatment sessions last 45 minutes, and the duration of treatment varies based on your goals and progress. Your occupational therapist and physical therapist will work as a team to help you maximize your recovery and health.

Our Locations

Duke Health offers locations throughout the Triangle. Find one near you.

Occupational Therapy for Neurorehabilitation

Neuro rehab provided by occupational therapists focuses on improving your independence with your daily activities. Treatments may include:

  • Cognitive rehabilitation
  • Compensatory strategy training (approaches for coping with attention, memory, and other cognitive challenges)
  • Parkinson’s disease rehabilitation (including PWR!Moves, a program to maintain or restore skills to help with everyday activities)
  • Upper extremity motor control therapy
  • Functional electrical stimulation, applying a mild electrical stimulus to a muscle to help it to move better
  • Adaptive strategies and/or equipment training to improve independence in daily tasks
  • Fine and gross motor coordination therapy
  • Strength training and therapeutic exercise


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Physical Therapy for Neurorehabilitation

Neurologic physical therapists help you improve your mobility, balance, coordination, and strength so you can participate in activities important to you. Treatments may include:

  • Strengthening and flexibility exercises
  • Walking exercises
  • Balance training
  • Task-specific training
  • Functional electrical stimulation 
  • Parkinson’s disease rehab (including PWR!Moves)
  • Instruction and recommendation for assistive devices, such as canes, walkers, wheelchairs, and bracing


Consistently Ranked Among the Nation’s Best Hospitals

Duke University Hospital is proud of our team and the exceptional care they provide. They are why we are once again recognized as the best hospital in North Carolina, and nationally ranked in 11 adult and 9 pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report for 2023–2024.

This page was medically reviewed on 03/12/2023 by