At Burke, we offer outpatient physical therapy services for patients (adolescent to geriatric) recovering from orthopedic, neurological, cardiopulmonary, and vestibular impairments of all diagnoses. All patients with a valid medical prescription get a thorough individualized assessment of their specific problem. Plans of care are geared toward restoring prior levels of function and maximizing patients’ potential. Using a team approach, frequent communication with the referring physician and other health care providers is emphasized. All of the staff physical therapists at Burke Outpatient have advanced degrees, and some have advanced certifications within specialized niches, such as Pilates, McKenzie spine evaluation and treatment, and Lymphedema management. For more information, please call (914) 597-2527.
Physical Therapy - Related Programs
Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) Program for Parkinson's disease - "Big"
Outpatient Physical Therapists are certified to provide this intensive four-week outpatient treatment program, which has been scientifically and clinically verified to improve the movement patterns, balance, walking, and overall quality of life of patients with Parkinson's disease or other neurological disorders. Based on the "Loud" program used in Speech Therapy, the "Big" program targets immediate post-treatment improvement, along with developing skills for long-term maintenance. For more information, or to arrange an evaluation, please call (914) 597-2122.
Lymphedema Treatment Program
Lymphedema is the accumulation of lymphatic fluid that causes swelling in the body's tissues, most often found in the arms or legs, but can also affect the face, neck, trunk, genitalia, and abdomen. There is no cure for lymphedema, but early intervention and management techniques enable most patients to lead normal lives. Burke’s certified lymphatic therapists implement the Complete Decongestive Therapy approach (CDT) with their lymphedema patients. Treatment may include manual lymphatic drainage, multilayer compression bandaging, exercises, compression garment measuring and fitting, and extensive patient education. For more information, please call (914) 597-2198.
Aquatic Therapy Program
In conjunction with land-based therapy, aquatic therapy (or pool therapy) is a beneficial form of treatment that is useful for a variety of medical conditions. Aquatic therapy uses the physical properties of water such as buoyancy, viscosity, and hydrostatic pressure to assist in patient healing and exercise performance. The warmth of the water experience during aquatic therapy also assists in relaxing muscles and dilates blood vessels, increasing the blood flow to injured areas. Patients with joint replacements, muscle spasms, and back pain, find this aspect of aquatic therapy especially therapeutic. For more information, please call (914) 597- 2527.
The outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation program utilizes multiple rehabilitative, educational and therapeutic modalities integrated according to an individualized plan of care. Patients are provided with individualized instruction and training that will enable them to perform daily activities within the limitations of their disease and restore the individual to the highest possible level of independent function within the community. For more information, please call (914) 597-2527.
Functional Electric Stimulation
Outpatient Physical Therapists are trained to administer treatments using the latest in FES (Functional Electric Stimulation) technology, including the WalkAide, Bioness L300, and RT 300 cycle ergometer. The WalkAide and L300 has been researched to improve walking in individuals with MS, CVA and other neurologic impairments. Several outpatient PT staff are certified as L300 clinicians, which requires advanced coursework. The RT 300 cycle offers individuals with spinal cord injury or stroke the benefits of cycling to improve leg muscle circulation and strength. For individuals who have completed their therapy and satisfy eligibility requirements, we offer a fee-for-service program for continued use of the RT 300 cycle and its benefits. For more information, please call (914) 597-2527.
McKenzie Diagnosis and Treatment
As an advanced certification in physical therapy, the long-term goal of the McKenzie Method is to teach patients suffering from neck pain and/or back pain how to treat themselves and manage their own pain for life, using exercise and other strategies. Other goals include: reducing pain quickly, returning to normal functioning in daily activities, minimizing the risk of recurring pain (by avoiding painful postures and movements) and reducing the number of return visits to the spine specialist. Proven effective by years of research, a central tenet of the McKenzie Method is that self-healing and self-treatment are important for the patient’s pain relief and rehabilitation. No passive modalities-such as heat, cold, ultrasound, medicine or needles-are used in the treatment. For more information, please call (914) 597-2556.
This physical therapy program includes assessment and treatment for vertigo, disequilibrium, dizziness, central or peripheral vestibular loss, gait imbalance or headache. We utilize a variety of techniques to assist in examining and treating the patient. Individualized programs are then established. Vestibular rehabilitation is available in the Outpatient Department on the main campus and at each of the satellite clinics in Mamaroneck, Purchase and the Bronx. For more information, please call (914) 597-2527 or fax the referral to (914) 597-2763.
Women's Health Program
The Burke Rehabilitation Hospital Women's Heath Physical Therapy Program includes treatment for pre-natal/ postpartum pain and dysfunction, post-gynecological surgery, incontinence/pelvic floor weakness and pelvic pain. If you are experiencing these or other musculoskeletal problems, speak to your physician about a referral to the Women's Health Program. The program is located at Burke’s Outpatient department on the main campus in White Plains, and at the satellite clinics in Mamaroneck and Yonkers. For more information, please call (914) 597-2198, or fax the referral to (914) 597-2763.
The Burke Fitness Challenge
For individuals with neurologic impairments or people using wheelchairs, the Burke Fitness Challenge provides an individualized exercise program to maintain or improve cardiovascular and muscular stamina. Membership includes two to three orientation sessions with a trained professional to help build the appropriate exercise program and determine which equipment is beneficial for use. A staff member will always be present to help answer any questions, and progress members upon request. The program takes place in the Outpatient Physical Therapy department. For more information, please call (914) 597-2122.