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Department of neurological rehabilitation

Dr. med. Rudolf van Schayck
rehabilitation, neurology, neurological rehabilitation

About the department

The neurological rehabilitation department at Rehabilitation Clinic Schmieder Gerlingen can offer their patients the full range of neurological rehabilitation phases. In phase A, emergency medical care is possible during the rehabilitation stay. For the rehabilitation of patients in phase B, the department has 72 beds, two of which are equipped with monitoring ventilators. Professional patient care teams work on an interdisciplinary basis in early neurological rehabilitation. Treatment teams are doctors, physiotherapists, psychologists, nurses and social workers. The department is very well equipped, and the medical staff has a high level of knowledge in medical, physiotherapy and nursing care. The department also has many years of experience in treating brain injuries. More than 1,800 patients are treated in the department annually. 

Doctors treat all neurological diseases in the department, both urgent and chronic. Particular attention is paid to the early neurological rehabilitation of patients with severe brain damage. Thanks to close cooperation with the day hospital in Stuttgart, patients can continue their general neurological rehabilitation outpatient. The clinic also offers the possibility of performing disability tests.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department


  • Head injury
  • Stroke
  • Brain tumours
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Extrapyramidal diseases
  • Degenerative disease of the nervous system
  • Epilepsy
  • Spinal cord diseases
  • Disk diseases
  • Diseases of the peripheral nervous system
  • Neurological pain syndromes

Diagnostic procedures: 

  • Anamnesis 
  • Physical examination 
  • Laboratory and biochemical analysis 
  • Magnetic resonance tomography 
  • Computed tomography 
  • Electroencephalography 
  • Neurosonography (Doppler and colour duplex sonography) 
  • Electrocardiography, long-term ECG
  • Bronchoscopy and video endoscopic diagnosis of swallowing
  • Diagnosis of speech, speech and swallowing disorders
  • Goldmann's perimetry

Treatment options: 

  • Drug therapy for spasticity
  • Neurological intensive care 
  • Botulinum toxin treatment
  • Physical therapy (behavioural therapy, therapeutic training therapy, aquatic therapy, manual therapy)
  • Occupational therapy (daily and action-oriented therapy, daily group therapy) 
  • Neuropsychological diagnostics 
  • Counselling of patients and relatives, relaxation procedures 
  • Psychotherapy 
  • Speech therapy (treatment of aphasia and dysarthria) 
  • Sleep medicine 
  • Therapeutic exercise (lymphatic drainage, electrotherapy, thermal applications) 
  • Recreation and wellness therapy 
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Doctor profile

Awards, memberships, publications

  • German Society for Neurology (DGN) 
  • German Society for Clinical Neurophysiology and Functional Imaging (DGKN)
  • German Society for Neurorehabilitation (DGNR)
  • German Pain Society (DGSS)
  • International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)
  • State Working Group on Neurorehabilitation Baden-Württemberg
  • Steering Committee MRE Network Stuttgart
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