People who experience serious brain injuries may have movement problems, emotional problems, thinking and memory problems, language problems, pain or numbness, or other limitations. Many people with brain injuries have challenges returning to independent living, work or school. Mayo Clinic's brain rehabilitation team works to meet the ongoing needs of people with brain injuries and help them become as independent as possible.

The most common way brain function is altered by injury or disease is after a stroke, which may be due to lack of blood flow to your brain or bleeding in your brain caused by a ruptured brain aneurysm. More than 60 percent of people treated in Mayo Clinic's brain rehabilitation program have had strokes. Other common causes of brain dysfunction include brain tumors and traumatic brain injuries, which are caused by a severe, sudden blow to your head or body.

Jan. 05, 2012