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Pioneering Rehabilitation

Technology at Burke

The Burke Rehabilitation Hospital has been a leader in the field of rehabilitation for nearly 100 years.  As technology has changed over time, so have the advances and the equipment implemented for the rehabilitation of physical conditions. 

Burke remains in touch with all of these technological advances to provide the best care for patients. Together with the Burke Medical Research Institute and Weill Cornell Medical College, we are pioneering new novel technologies and treatment protocols that  push beyond the traditional limits of rehabilitation and recovery. 

Some of the technologies we offer at Burke include:

  • Continuous Passive Machine (CPM) - This machine is used after joint surgery to move the joint without the patients have to move their muscles. It helps accelerate recovery time by decreasing soft tissue stiffness, increasing range of motion, promoting healing of joint surfaces and soft tissue, and preventing the development of scar tissue.
  • EMPI electric stimulators – Used to relax muscle spasms, increase local blood circulation, maintain or increase range of motion, and retard or prevent muscle disuse atrophy.
  • Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing with Sensory Testing (FEESST) - Used to assess the motor and sensory aspects of the swallow to precisely guide the dietary and behavioral management of patients with swallowing problems to decrease the risk of aspiration pneumonia. It also allows evaluation of extra-esophageal manifestations of gastro-esophageal reflux (Laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR)) including asthma, hoarseness, laryngitis, globus and aspiration.
  • MOTOmed with Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) - The MOTOmed can be used for arm or leg training. In conjunction with the cycling motion, this system provides functional electrical stimulation that compensates for the missing impulses from the brain. This technology provides an ''active'' training option despite paralysis.
  • NESS H200 Hand Rehabilitation System – Neuro-orthotic and rehabilitation system provides electrical currents to stimulate nerves and muscles to increase hand function, prevent muscle loss, re-educate muscles, increase blood circulation, reduce muscle spasms, and increase or maintain hand range of motion.
  • NESS L300 Plus Foot Drop System – Neuro-orthotic and rehabilitation system provides electrical currents to stimulate nerves and muscles to assist with a more natural walking pattern, reduce muscle spasms, reduce muscle loss, maintain or improve range of motion, and increase local blood circulation; used to improve independence, functional mobility, and safety in the treatment of foot drop.
  • Nintendo Wii Fit - Patients work on their balance and strength through the various Wii games that help develop a person's sense of balance, and build muscle strength and stamina. The Wii also provides feedback and tracks the patient's progress.
  • IOPI - Objectively measures tongue and lip strength which aides in the treatment of swallowing disorders.
  • Robotics Research – InMotion ARMTM interactive robot uses state of the art robotics technology  to help patients with reduced arm mobility and use from stroke, brain injury, or other neurological conditions gain increased arm movement. The robot can assist and guide patients to move with greater initiation, control and coordination.
  • SaeboFlex – Allows individuals suffering from neurological impairments such as stroke the ability to incorporate their hand functionally in therapy and at home by supporting the weakened wrist, hand, and fingers. The SaeboFlex is a custom fabricated orthosis that is non-electrically based and is purely mechanical.
  • VitalStim® Therapy System – This system is  a safe, non-invasive, external, electrical stimulation therapy used to help treat patients with difficulty swallowing or dysphagia. VitalStim unites the power of electrical stimulation with the benefits of swallowing exercises to accelerate muscle strengthening, restore swallowing function, and help the brain remap the swallow. Research has demonstrated that combining these therapies results in better outcomes than using either one alone. 
  • WalkAide System – Battery operated medical device that uses myo-orthotics technology, combining electrical stimulation with orthotic technology in the treatment of foot drop. It is used to improve independence, functional mobility, and safety.
  • ZeroG Lite - Used in combination with a comprehensive rehabilitation program to treat gait impairments in individuals after stroke, traumatic brain injury, incomplete spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, amputation, orthopedic injuries and others, it allows patients to safely practice intensive physical therapy early in their rehabilitation. By altering the amount of body-weight support, the complexity of the task can be adjusted for the patient's ability to practice intensive gait and balance activities.

Open House 2013

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