WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell, the Kentucky Republican and minority leader who suffered a concussion in a serious fall last week, was released from the hospital on Monday and will move to a physical rehabilitation center before returning to the Senate, according to his office.
A spokesman, David Popp, said that the lawmaker’s “concussion recovery is proceeding well” and that Mr. McConnell, 81, had been discharged from George Washington University Hospital, where he was taken after the accident at the Waldorf Astoria on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington about 9 p.m. Wednesday.
“At the advice of his physician,” Mr. Popp added in a statement, “the next step will be a period of physical therapy at an inpatient rehabilitation facility before he returns home.”
Mr. Popp said Mr. McConnell had also suffered a “minor rib fracture” in the fall that his medical team discovered during his hospitalization. He is being treated for that injury as well.
According to McConnell aides and other Republican senators, Mr. McConnell was attending fund-raising events at the hotel when he tripped and fell, requiring admittance to the hospital for treatment for the head injury and observation. The Kentuckian had polio as a child, walks with a slight limp and has had serious falls in the past.
The minority leader has been in touch with Senate colleagues by text from the hospital and met at the hospital with Senate staff members and other advisers. He was one of multiple senators absent with health issues in recent weeks, including John Fetterman, Democrat of Pennsylvania, who is being treated for depression after a stroke, and Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, who was out with shingles.
The Senate was not in session on Monday but is scheduled to convene on Tuesday.
Mr. McConnell’s office did not disclose where he would get further treatment, and it was unclear when he might return to work in the Senate. A McConnell aide said that decision would be made by the lawmaker’s doctors and physical therapists. The aide noted that it was common for patients to undergo physical therapy to regain strength after a hospital stay and that it typically lasted a week or two.